Lorena Ochoa’s farewell as a full-time player at the Tres Marias Championship this weekend could become a goodbye of another kind.
Ochoa could be saying goodbye earlier than anyone realized to her No. 1 ranking in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking.
Ochoa knows losing her top spot is inevitable as she leaves the game as a regular, but so many fans are rooting for her to go out on top. Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen all have chances to take the top spot this weekend.
Miyazato and Pettersen are playing in Mexico with Ochoa, Shin is playing a Japanese LPGA event.
Here are the possible scenarios, which the LPGA caution are unofficial, that could give women’s golf a new No. 1 come the release of the next Rolex rankings:
• If Pettersen wins and Shin wins at the JLPGA event, and Ochoa finishes fifth or worse, Pettersen would be No. 1.
• If Shin wins (JLPGA) and Ochoa finishes fifth or worse, Shin would be No. 1.
• If Shin finishes second (JLPGA) and Ochoa finishes 21st or worse, Shin would be No. 1.
• If Shin wins (JLPGA) and Miyazato wins and Ochoa finishes fifth or worse, Shin would be No. 1.
• If Miyazato wins and Ochoa finishes 10th or worse, Miyazato would be No. 1.