Ochoa finally back in winners circle


Navistar LPGA Classic 2007 LogoPRATTVILLE, Ala. ' Lorena Ochoa won the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday for her seventh victory of the year and first since May, beating Candie Kung with a 2-foot par putt on the second hole of a playoff.
I had a good feeling that today it was my day and it was going to happen, Ochoa said. Sometimes you need to play and have a good time, and thats what I did.'
Recharged after a month away from the tour, the top-ranked Mexican star closed with a 2-under 70 to match Kung (67) and Cristie Kerr (66) at 15-under 273. Kerr was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole.
Lorena Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa earned her seventh title of the season in Alabama. (Getty Images)
It wasnt easy, said Ochoa, 2-6 in LPGA playoffs. If you look at the leaderboard, a lot of players were up there one and two shots behind. Im happy that I won the playoff because I need to improve in my playoff results.
Ochoa was winless in seven starts after opening the year with six wins in nine events, including four straight.
For sure, I had a few chances to win tournaments before and its been a little slow in the last few months, Ochoa said. Im glad I did it this week and hopefully get in a good rhythm to keep it going and finish strong.
Shanshan Feng (66) and Song-Hee Kim (69) tied for fourth at 14 under on the links-style Senator Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails Capitol Hill complex.
Swedens Louise Friberg, tied for the lead with Ochoa at 13 under entering the round, shot a 72 to tie for sixth at 13 under with Wendy Doolan (68), Sarah Jane Kenyon (69), Jill McGill (69) and LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng (70).
Ochoa made a 5-foot eagle putt on the par-5 eighth and also had a bogey and a birdie in the round that she finished with six straight pars ' eight including the playoff. She earned $210,000 for her 24th career LPGA victory to push her season total to $2,591,048.
On the second playoff hole, Ochoa two-putted from the back fringe, leaving only 2 feet for par. Kung three-putted from about 30 feet.
Its been a very good experience for me this week, said Kung, who made a 22-foot birdie putt on 18 in regulation. I havent played this well for a long time. And its been solid four days, I would say, or 3 1/2 at least.
All day I was focused. I was happy that I got myself to the playoff. I didnt even know how big that putt was on 18.
Kerr also birdied 18 in regulation to get to 15 under, holing a 25-foot putt. She three-putted the first playoff hole to drop out.
Its very disappointing because I only had to two-putt, Kerr said. The first putt I hit probably would have ended up maybe 5 or 6 feet short, but it hit something and came up short and it was really hard to read. I thought I hit actually a good shot into 18, but it came up 2 yards short or it would have been stiff.

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