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GOLF NEWS - APRIL '07

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LPGA Consensus No. 1


Lorena Ochoa is always on the move, even when the LPGA is taking a break.

The Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings has had a shake up at the top with Ochoa replacing former No. 1 Annika Sorenstam who has held the number 1 spot since Feb. 20, 2006 when the list was first instituted.

Speaking from Mexico, Ochoa said "today is one of the most special days in my life. I am extremely happy about becoming the No. 1 player in the world, something that I have dreamed about since I was little. It's really special because I am at home and I am able to celebrate the news with the people in my country."

This being a bye week for the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the Rolex Rankings' two year rolling calendar of golf events for Ochoa, dropped from 51 to 50. That caused her average on total points of 642.19 to rise from 12.75 on April 16 to 12.84. Sorenstam has 546.22 points in 43 events for a 12.70 average. Performances in the most recent 13-week period are given more weight.

The Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index has ranked Ochoa No. 1 since Oct. 16, 2006, when she knocked Sorenstam out of the top spot. A golf victory at the Ginn Open April 16 would have given her the top spot in the Rolex Rankings. But Ochoa lost by a stroke and tied for second. This only meant that she would have to wait a week before becoming No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings.

Ochoa is on a terrific run. Last year she won six golf tournaments and so far this year has a victory and five top-10 finishes. If she keeps up this rate, the No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings could be hers for quite some time with Sorenstam out with back problems and not expected to return until late May.

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