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Lorena Ochoa Retiring from Golf

By April 20, 2010

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Lorena Ochoa will announce her retirement from golf in a new conference on Friday in Mexico City, her management company confirmed today.

Responding to media reports of Ochoa's impending retirment, The Ochoa Group issued a statement today saying that Ochoa "has confirmed her retirement from the LPGA." The LPGA Tour also confirmed to the Golf Channel that Ochoa is retiring.

The news certainly comes as a shocker in one respect - very rarely do athletes in any sport retire when they are in their prime years. But expectations of an early retirement by Ochoa have been commonplace among her peers on the LPGA Tour. Multiple other LPGA Tour stars have predicted that Ochoa would retire in her early 30s. She turns 29 this year.

In her recently published book, Christina Kim wrote of Ochoa, "Lorena is like a comet passing by - you better enjoy her now, because she will be gone before you know it."

Ochoa got married at the end of 2009, acquiring three step-children in the process. She has talked about wanting to have children of her own, and she is known to be deeply committed to helping children in Mexico through various charitable efforts.

Ochoa has also been visibly upset on the golf course far more lately than we've ever seen her before. She's clearly been frustrated with her game over the past 18 months or so. Ochoa dominated the LPGA in 2006-2008, winning 21 times in those three years. In 2009, she fell off to "only" three wins. So far in 2010 she has just one Top 10 finish in four starts.

Share your thoughts: What would you like to say to Lorena?

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Comments

April 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(1) John Fischer says:

First Annika now Lorena – two big blows to the LPGA in a time when it needs its marquis stars. Even though Lorena was not American she was Mexican which was a positive for fans in North America to identify with. The tour is already much too dominated by the excellent Asian players and this will not help with sponsorship in North America.

April 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(2) John Fischer says:

I just remembered that by retiring now Lorena will not be eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame. She has the points needed but you also must have played on tour 10 years and she would not have reached that until 2012.

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