Ochoa, Ward to renew rivalry in Mexico


MORELIA (Mexico): Lorena Ochoa will be counting on the comforts of home to boost her chances as the LPGA Tour heads to Mexico this week for the Corona Morelia Championship. 

The rising Mexican star posted a personal-best round of 63 as she duelled with Wendy Ward at the Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week, finally settling for second place behind the American. 

Ochoa has the advantage of knowing the 6,763-yard Tres Marias Residential Golf Club course, and she is sure to be bolstered by family and friends in attendance. 

However, carrying the expectations of home fans can also be a burden.  

Ochoa experienced mixed fortunes in the first two rounds at the MasterCard Classic earlier this year on the outskirts of Mexico City, where she carded opening rounds of 71 and 75. 

Ochoa, who set an LPGA record last year for numbers of rounds in the 60s with 51, settled down in the final round with a four-under 68 to climb into a fifth-place finish, five shots behind winner Annika Sorenstam. 

Swedish superstar Sorenstam, without question the dominant force on the women's tour, is absent this week. 

Other top contenders inclue Ward, and 18-year-old US rookie Paula Creamer, who shared second place with Ochoa last week. – AFP  

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