Lorena Ochoa was off to a good start Thursday in Singapore at the HSBC Women’s Champions, the second event of the season. She opened with a 68 at the Tanah Merah’s Garden Course to grab a share of the lead. But Friday was a different story. The Rolex ranking’s No. 1 player shot a 79 Friday with four bogeys and a triple bogey on the par-4 18th to fall eight shots back. It was her worst round on tour since she recorded an 81 at the 2004 Wegmans LPGA.
“I thought it was a mistake. I looked up on the board and I’m like, do they have that right up there?” said 36-hole co-leader Angela Stanford during her post-round interview. “I didn’t know if it was a mistake and they just got the numbers wrong, but apparently it’s not.”
Ochoa is optimistic she can bounce back. She told the Associated Press Friday, “I’m still going to try to finish strong…It’s important tomorrow to shoot 6 or 7 under.”