Ochoa takes another shot at defending


Safeway Classic Logo 2007PORTLAND, Ore. ' After four weeks and three events in three different countries, the LPGA finally returns to the United States this week for the Safeway Classic.
Women's World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa ended a magical run of golf here last year. Coming off her first major title at the Women's British Open and a victory at the Canadian Women's Open, Ochoa cruised to a third straight win here.
The Mexican opened with rounds of 67-66 and only needed a one-under 71 on the last day to coast to a five-shot win over four players. The victory was her sixth of the season and she went on to claim two more titles in '07.
Annika Sorenstam set nearly all the records here in 2002. She trailed after the opening round, but carded a course-record 62 in the second round to set the 36-hole scoring record. She closed with a 68 to establish a new 54-hole scoring mark as well.
There is not as much pressure this week as there was last year as the U.S. Solheim Cup team was announced after this event last year. Now players can focus on getting a win and securing a spot in the top-80 on the money list to keep their playing privileges for next season.
After a two-week break, the LPGA returns to action with the inaugural Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama.

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