HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – Calm down, don’t fret.
That’s the message Lorena Ochoa delivered after shooting a 1-over-par 73 Sunday at the McDonald's LPGA Championship, her second of the weekend.
Ochoa was tied for 23rd when she signed her scorecard. Since breaking through to claim her first two majors back to back, she’s winless in her last five majors, but she said she’s not concerned.
“My game’s in good shape, there’s no need to worry about it,” Ochoa said. “I’ve got a lot of tournaments this summer that I’ll be ready for.”
Ochoa won six times before June last year. She’s won three times in the last calendar year, twice so far this season.
Ochoa said not playing the last three weeks affected her rhythm. She skipped the State Farm Classic last week to meet sponsor obligations back at home in Mexico . Ochoa said once again losing her caddie, Dave Brooker, factors into her game. Brooker, who fractured a foot in a soccer game on the eve of the final round of the Corona Championship in April, returned to Ochoa’s bag this week, only to drop off it when the foot began bothering him after the first round. Veteran Greg Johnston picked up Ochoa’s bag. Ochoa said Brooker will see a doctor Monday to determine when he can return.