Lorena Ochoa gets grilling at home

By Associated PressSeptember 11, 2009, 2:56 am
LPGA Tour _newMEXICO CITY– Lorena Ochoa usually basks in adulation at home in Mexico. Not on Thursday.

In the Mexican capital to promote a charity event, the top-ranked LPGA golfer was hit with unfriendly queries about her so-so play this season. She has won twice in 15 starts and tied for 10th last weekend in the Canadian Women’s Open.

But Ochoa has been disappointing in major events – tied for 28th in the Women’s British Open, tied for 40th in the Evian Masters and tied for 26th in the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I’m not going to answer any question about my results,” she said. “I think I’ve said that I feel good and I’m feeling positive. Canada was a good week and I’m looking forward to winning the tournaments that remain and finishing the season satisfied.”

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Ochoa has been ranked No. 1 for just over two years. In Mexico – except for a soccer star like Cuauhtemoc Blanco or Rafa Marquez – she is probably the country’s highest profile athlete. No matter where she plays or how she finishes, she is the lead story on TV and in print.

This season she has changed caddies, putters, the way she grips the putter and her swing. Her once huge lead at No. 1 has slimmed so she’s just edging Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

“That’s life in sports,” Ochoa said. “I’m relaxed, satisfied. You can’t always be on top. There are always ups and downs in the career of an athlete. This is not the best time for me, but it’s nothing out of control.”

Pressed about her season, Ochoa defended herself but did not hide her irritation.

“The results, the statistics still say I have the No. 1 ranking,” she said. “Perhaps right now I’m not playing like the No. 1. It’s fair to say I have not won in the last weeks. They say one learns more from mistakes.

“I’m going to repeat, and I’ve said this many times and I want it to be clear – I’m not blaming anybody else or anything. I’m in a phase in which I am traveling more and playing less. I’m coming more to Mexico – I have a lot of obligations off the golf course.”

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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