Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
World #1 Lorena Ochoa made sure to shut my mouth after my sharp critiques of her weekend play at her last two events by gutting out a four shot win over Michelle Wie at the 2009 Navistar LPGA Classic.
Ochoa steadied herself after a double bogey at the par 5, 5th with four birdies coming in. Although Wie’s 6-under effort was able to snag her another runner-up finish Ochoa was never really in danger. Sandra Gal, paired with Ochoa in the final group, struggled and finished with a 3-over 75, dropping her out of the top 10.
In fact none of the players in the immediate chase pack could put any pressure on the world #1, as only Wie and Beth Bader were the only players finishing in the top 10 to break 70 on Sunday.
Lorena joins Jiyai Shin as the only players this year to win multiple times this year. The win also moved Ochoa to second place in the Rolex Player of the Year standings, only 5 points behind Jiyai. Ochoa also moved to 5th on the money list, but sits a fairly hefty $400,000 behind the South Korean.