Ochoa Throws Her Native Country on Her Back

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2006 Sybase ClassicNEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Lorena Ochoa's fans aren't all in the gallery. She plays for many of those who work on the courses she has been tearing up during the last two months.
 
The 24-year-old Mexican moved back on top of the LPGA's money list Sunday with a two-stroke victory in the Sybase Classic, the sixth straight tournament she either won or finished second.
 
And again, Ochoa spent as much time with those who help keep the courses in great condition as with those who pay to watch the best women golfers.
 
'I'm very proud to be Mexican. I know that most of the workers on a golf course are Mexicans, and that's very special for both of us,' she said after winning the rain-shortened tournament for her second victory this year and fifth of her career.
 
'I represent them and I represent my country with a lot of pride,' she said. 'They're so happy that there is a Mexican representing them or just having a chance to win a tournament where they live or where they work.
 
'It's very special. In every tournament I play, there are Mexicans around and they wave flags or shirts and that gives me extra motivation. I really enjoy that and I appreciate the support.'
 
She has been in the top 10 on the money list each of the last three years, but this recent run has her at No. 1, a position held at the end of the last 11 years by either Karrie Webb or Annika Sorenstam.
 
'Things are going to change,' Ochoa said. 'We're all working hard to be in that position. That's my goal and dream.'
 
Ochoa won $195,000 from the purse of $1.3 million and that moved her back in front of Webb in the money race. Ochoa has won $1,114,888, while Webb, who took this week off after winning the Michelob Ultra Open last week, has won $935,202.
 
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