Maria Fassi said she felt frustrated after the LPGA Drive On Championship, missing the cut after months of waiting for the Tour’s resumption. After the first round of the Marathon LPGA Classic, Fassi leaned on World Golf Hall of Fame member Lorena Ochoa, who gave the fellow Mexican her version of a tough-love pep talk.
“I actually got on the phone with Lorena and she's like, ‘Hey, it's fine. Don't worry about it. Like you're going to have those weeks. You got to forget about expectations. I don't care if you feel like a million dollars or if you feel bad, no? It's a different day. You just got to go out there and play golf,’” said Fassi, who recorded a second-round 66 and sits in solo fourth heading into the weekend at Highland Meadows. “I’ve been texting back and forth with her for a while, and actually got on the phone with her yesterday. We were on the phone for almost two hours with her and Rafa, her coach. They've been amazing. I mean, Rafa was just like asking me a bunch of questions about what I was thinking, how I was feeling, and then Lorena was sitting there and listening.
“Then she got on and got on me and just was hard on me, but, you know, I think it's good to hear that at times. Again, just knowing that I can just get on a phone call with her whenever I want is amazing. It's a true blessing that I have that.”