Ochoa Struggles in Native Mexico

By Associated PressApril 27, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 Corona ChampionshipMORELIA, Mexico -- Lorena Ochoa struggled in her second round as the No. 1 player in the world, shooting a 1-over 74 in windy conditions Friday to drop five strokes behind the leaders in the Corona Morelia Championship.
 
Angela Park (65), Yu Ping Lin (65), and Silvia Cavalleri (68) shared the lead at 9-under 137 on the hilly Tres Marias course.
 
Sarah Lee matched the LPGA Tour record for relation to par for nine holes, shooting an 8-under 28 on the front nine -- her final nine -- en route to a 66. She was a stroke behind the leader at 8 under.
 
Ochoa, who took the top spot in the rankings from Annika Sorenstam on Monday, had four birdies and five bogeys. She struggled with her putting and also left herself in difficult positions with some poor approach shots.
 
'I lost my rhythm. It wasn't the wind. I'm a player who can play well with a lot of wind. It was just a bad day,' said Ochoa, who was followed by hundreds of fans, giving warm cheers and clapping even as dropped strokes with bogeys.
 
'But I'm still in the tournaments. Maybe tomorrow there will be less wind and I will be able to play more aggressively.'
 
Ochoa won last year on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course that sits 6,300 feet above sea level -- and is 175 miles from her native Guadalajara.
 
Park birdied her final five holes.
 
'I'm optimistic after such a great round today. Obviously there is still two more days, and a lot of holes to play,' the South Korean player said. 'Nothing is really going to change tomorrow. I'm just to keep on doing what I'm doing and hopefully get some good results on Saturday and Sunday.'
 
Cavalleri, from Italy, had a bogey-free round.
 
'I'm feeling really, really well and like the course,' Cavalleri said. 'Some of the holes remind me of the course in the Italian Open that I have played for quite a few years. I like it.'
 
Teresa Lu (68), Julieta Granada (68) and Pat Hurst (69) were 7 under, and first-round leader Stacy Prammanasudh (73) was 6 under along with Na On Min (72).
 
Two players had aces Friday.
 
Diana D'Alessio holed a 4-iron shot from 186 yards on the 13th.
 
'I really didn't hit the best shot of my life,' D'Alessio said. 'I kind of pulled the 4-iron a little bit and hit into the bank and I turned my back and the crowd up at the green was like, `It went in!'' she said. 'I laughed so hard. I was like there is just no way. That was just a thrill.'
 
D'Alessio's also had an eagle in a 67 that left her tied with Ochoa at 4 under.
 
Ji Yeon Lee had her hole-in-one on No. 6, hitting a 9-iron from 139 yards. She finished with a 75 and was 3 over overall.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

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    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

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    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

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    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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