Lorena Ochoa Wins Corona Championship

Win qualifies her for LPGA Tour Hall of Fame
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 8:17 PM CDT
Lorena Ochoa, of Mexico, kisses the trophy after winning the LPGA Corona Morelia Championship today at the Tres Marias Residential Golf Club, in Morelia, Mexico.    (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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(Newser) – Lorena Ochoa wasn't distracted when the fans chanted her name on only the second hole of the Corona Championship. But by her last stroke on the 18th hole Sunday, the emotions were too much. The Mexican star had just won her third straight tournament and qualified for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, all at home, surrounded by family, friends and fans. She was overcome.

"I did fine, but once I was on 18, and had a short putt, everything came into my head," she said. "I'm glad I had a short putt." Ochoa held up the Mexican flag and was sprayed with champagne. She didn’t just win the tournament. She claimed the victory by 11 strokes for her fourth win in five starts this year.