Ochoa on brink of claiming top spot from Sorenstam


LOS ANGELES: One of the most intriguing duels in the women's game is likely to peak within the next few weeks when Mexico's Lorena Ochoa (pic) eclipses Annika Sorenstam at the top of the world rankings. 

Slowly but surely, Ochoa has loosened the Swede's grip on the number one spot and could take over with victory at next week's Corona Championship at the Tres Marias Residential Golf Club in Morelia, Mexico. 

Strength of field in the LPGA event will determine whether Ochoa can succeed in her long-cherished goal to become the number one women's golfer in the world. 

Few would bet against the Mexican triumphing on home soil, especially after she romped to a five-stroke victory over Paraguay's Julieta Granada in the 2006 Corona Championship. 

Although Sorenstam leads Ochoa by 12.94 points to 12.75 in the Rolex rankings, the Swede's cause is not being helped by a ruptured disc in her back which could keep her sidelined until the end of next month. 

However, Ochoa is taking nothing for granted and is quite happy to stay patient for a little longer. 

“That was my dream since I was probably 10 or 12 years old,” the 2003 LPGA rookie of the year told reporters after finishing second, one shot behind American Brittany Lincicome, at last week's Ginn Open in Reunion, Florida. 

“I wanted to be the best player and I wanted to dominate the game. If it happens next week or if it happens in three weeks or five weeks, that's okay, too. 

“I'm just trying to enjoy myself as much as I can. It's my goal to be No. 1 and I'm going to keep trying and I'm going to do whatever it takes to be in that position.” – Reuters  

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