Lorena Ochoa Opens Her Bag
Overcast skies and a threat of rain did not phase Lorena Ochoa in her quest for a successful title defense and $195,000 check at the $1.3 million Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV. The 6,546-yard Senator Course at Capitol Hill on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail set up well for the second year in a row for Ochoa (66-68-66-70), although she took her 54-hole, three-stroke lead and made it four by the end of regulation - avoiding the playoff situation she found herself in one year ago. Her winning 18-under-par 270 beat her 2008 tournament-record 15-under-par score by three strokes.
Ochoa's 27th career LPGA win came despite an opening five holes that included a bogey on hole two, offset by a birdie on the par-4, fourth hole, followed by a double-bogey on the par-5, 517-yard fifth hole after her initial tee shot ended up unplayable.
"Of course it was a shame, that driver that I missed. It was early in the day. I just told myself to forget it. 'You have many holes to go and just be patient,'" said Ochoa, who also successfully defended her last title in April at the Corona Championship. "I'm proud that I did that and turned around and played really good the back nine.
Lorena Ochoa's bag at the 2009 Navistar LPGA Challenge Presented by Monaco RV
|Driver||Ping i15 (8 degrees; Mitsubishi Diamana 53 shaft)|
|Fairway Wood||Ping G10 (15.5 degrees)|
|Hybrid||Ping G10 (15.5 degrees)|
|Irons (4-5)||Ping S58|
|Irons (6-PW)||Ping S57|
|Wedges||Ping Tour-W (50, 54 and 58 degrees)|
|Putter||Ping Redwood Piper S|
|Ball||Callaway Tour i|