Ochoa Battles Stellar Field in Title Defense


2007 Safeway International pres by CocaColaSUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- The LPGA heads to Arizona this week for the Safeway International.
Lorena Ochoa kicked off a stellar 2007 season with a win at this event last year. She carded four rounds in the 60s to fend off Suzann Pettersen by two shots. That also started a very strong year for Pettersen.
Ochoa went on to win seven more events, including her first major, and repeated as LPGA Tour Player of the Year. Excluding 2006 when she finished 24th, Ochoa has finished inside the top six in her other four starts at this event.
As for Pettersen, she would go on to win five times in 2007. She also earned her first major championship title.
This is the event where Annika Sorenstam shot 59 in 2001. She accomplished that at Moon Valley Country Club and went on to set all the scoring records that week.
This event has a history of consecutive winners. Danielle Ammaccapane won in 1991 and '92, then Laura Davies ran off four straight wins starting in 1994.
A Sorenstam won in 2000 (Charlotta) and 2001 (Annika), then Annika won in 2004 and 2005.
For the eighth straight year, this event serves as the final tune-up for the season's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
GOLF CHANNEL will broadcast two hours of coverage the first two days, then 2 1/2 hours of action for the weekend rounds.
Next week is the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where Morgan Pressel became the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history, thanks in part to Pettersen going four-over par from the 15th to 17th holes.
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