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Ochoa notches seventh title of year

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Lorena Ochoa won the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday for her seventh victory of the year and first since May, beating Candie Kung with a 2-foot par putt on the second hole of a playoff.

“I had a good feeling that today it was my day and it was going to happen,” Ochoa said. “Sometimes you need to play and have a good time, and that’s what I did.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Ochoa returns in style

Recharged after a month away from the tour, the top-ranked Mexican star closed with a 2-under 70 to match Kung (67) and Cristie Kerr (66) at 15-under 273. Kerr was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Ochoa, 2-6 in LPGA playoffs. “If you look at the leaderboard, a lot of players were up there one and two shots behind. … I’m happy that I won the playoff because I need to improve in my playoff results.”

Ochoa was winless in seven starts after opening the year with six wins in nine events, including four consecutive.

“For sure, I had a few chances to win tournaments before and it’s been a little slow in the last few months,” Ochoa said. “I’m glad I did it this week and hopefully get in a good rhythm to keep it going and finish strong.”

Shanshan Feng (66) and Song-Hee Kim (69) tied for fourth at 14 under on the links-style Senator Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex.

Sweden’s Louise Friberg, tied for the lead with Ochoa at 13 under entering the round, shot a 72 to tie for sixth at 13 under with Wendy Doolan (68), Sarah Jane Kenyon (69), Jill McGill (69) and LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng (70).

Ochoa made a 5-foot eagle putt on the par-5 eighth and also had a bogey and a birdie in the round that she finished with six consecutive pars – eight including the playoff. She earned $210,000 for her 24th career LPGA victory to push her season total to $2,591,048.

On the second playoff hole, Ochoa two-putted from the back fringe, leaving only 2 feet for par. Kung three-putted from about 30 feet.

“It’s been a very good experience for me this week,” said Kung, who made a 22-foot birdie putt on 18 in regulation. “I haven’t played this well for a long time. And it’s been solid four days, I would say, or 3 1/2 at least.

“All day I was focused. I was happy that I got myself to the playoff. I didn’t even know how big that putt was on 18.”

Kerr also birdie 18 in regulation to get to 15 under, holing a 25-foot putt. She three-putted the first playoff hole to drop out.

“It’s very disappointing because I only had to two-putt,” Kerr said. “The first putt I hit probably would have ended up maybe 5 or 6 feet short, but it hit something and came up short and it was really hard to read. I thought I hit actually a good shot into 18, but it came up 2 yards short or it would have been stiff.”

Final scores with relation to par and earnings from the Navistar LPGAClassic, played Sept. 25-28 at the par-72, 6,571-yard Robert Trent JonesGolf Trail at Capitol Hill (Senator) in Prattville, Ala. (Note: x-won playoff):

  1. x-Lorena Ochoa $210,000
    67-67-69-70–273

    -15 2. Candie Kung 108,577
    69-72-65-67–273

    -15 2. Cristie Kerr 108,577
    66-71-70-66–273

    -15 4. Shanshan Feng 63,737
    68-70-70-66–274

    -14 4. Song-Hee Kim 63,737
    68-68-69-69–274

    -14 6. Wendy Doolan 35,624
    68-73-66-68–275

    -13 6. Sarah Jane Kenyon 35,624
    70-69-67-69–275

    -13 6. Jill McGill 35,624
    65-69-72-69–275

    -13 6. Yani Tseng 35,624
    71-66-68-70–275

    -13 6. Louise Friberg 35,624
    67-71-65-72–275

    -13 11. Ji Young Oh 23,444
    67-70-72-67–276

    -12 11. Katherine Hull 23,444
    70-70-67-69–276

    -12 11. Sherri Turner 23,444
    69-71-67-69–276

    -12 11. Maria Hjorth 23,444
    76-68-63-69–276

    -12 15. In-Kyung Kim 18,053
    72-67-71-67–277

    -11 15. Heather Daly-Donofrio 18,053
    72-70-66-69–277

    -11 15. Janice Moodie 18,053
    66-67-72-72–277

    -11 15. Michele Redman 18,053
    70-65-70-72–277

    -11 15. Christina Kim 18,053
    70-66-69-72–277

    -11 20. Karrie Webb 15,572
    72-68-69-69–278

    -10 20. Jane Park 15,572
    65-74-69-70–278

    -10 22. Jee Young Lee 13,191
    74-70-69-66–279

    -9 22. Giulia Sergas 13,191
    72-70-70-67–279

    -9 22. Mikaela Parmlid 13,191
    69-69-72-69–279

    -9 22. Mi Hyun Kim 13,191
    69-72-69-69–279

    -9 22. Na On Min 13,191
    71-67-70-71–279

    -9 22. Gloria Park 13,191
    70-70-68-71–279

    -9 22. Shi Hyun Ahn 13,191
    73-70-65-71–279

    -9 29. Stacy Prammanasudh 10,405
    73-72-69-66–280

    -8 29. Hee Young Park 10,405
    72-69-71-68–280

    -8 29. Angela Park 10,405
    71-69-71-69–280

    -8 29. Karen Stupples 10,405
    70-72-68-70–280

    -8 29. Carri Wood 10,405
    73-71-66-70–280

    -8 34. Jamie Hullett 8,475
    73-71-70-67–281

    -7 34. Sarah Lee 8,475
    70-73-70-68–281

    -7 34. Alena Sharp 8,475
    74-70-69-68–281

    -7 34. Eunjung Yi 8,475
    71-70-70-70–281

    -7 34. Becky Morgan 8,475
    71-69-70-71–281

    -7 39. Seon Hwa Lee 6,503
    76-69-72-65–282

    -6 39. Charlotte Mayorkas 6,503
    70-75-70-67–282

    -6 39. Teresa Lu 6,503
    70-68-75-69–282

    -6 39. Sandra Gal 6,503
    67-74-72-69–282

    -6 39. Rachel Hetherington 6,503
    70-73-70-69–282

    -6 39. Reilley Rankin 6,503
    72-71-70-69–282

    -6 39. Dorothy Delasin 6,503
    71-72-69-70–282

    -6 39. Allison Fouch 6,503
    73-70-68-71–282

    -6 47. Nicole Hage 4,961
    70-71-75-67–283

    -5 47. Eun-Hee Ji 4,961
    71-74-71-67–283

    -5 47. Katie Futcher 4,961
    67-75-71-70–283

    -5 47. Michelle Ellis 4,961
    71-67-74-71–283

    -5 47. Meena Lee 4,961
    73-71-68-71–283

    -5 47. Karine Icher 4,961
    70-70-70-73–283

    -5 53. Mollie Fankhauser 4,410
    70-74-68-72–284

    -4 54. Morgan Pressel 3,798
    78-67-74-66–285

    -3 54. Joo Mi Kim 3,798
    71-72-74-68–285

    -3 54. Anna Grzebien 3,798
    73-72-72-68–285

    -3 54. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 3,798
    73-72-71-69–285

    -3 54. Hee-Won Han 3,798
    72-70-73-70–285

    -3 54. Kim Hall 3,798
    69-74-70-72–285

    -3 54. Becky Lucidi 3,798
    73-71-69-72–285

    -3 54. Wendy Ward 3,798
    75-68-70-72–285

    -3 62. Karin Sjodin 3,307
    71-69-72-74–286

    -2 63. Johanna Head 3,205
    76-68-72-71–287

    -1 63. Jeong Jang 3,205
    65-76-74-72–287

    -1 65. Amy Hung 2,997
    72-72-75-69–288

    E 65. Beth Allen 2,997
    72-73-70-73–288

    E 65. Taylor Leon 2,997
    69-70-75-74–288

    E 65. Ashleigh Simon 2,997
    75-69-70-74–288

    E 69. Il Mi Chung 2,825
    73-71-75-70–289
    + 1 70. Brittany Lang 2,740
    76-69-76-69–290
    + 2 70. Michelle McGann 2,740
    69-74-71-76–290
    + 2 72. Su A Kim 2,636
    73-72-76-70–291
    + 3 72. Julieta Granada 2,636
    73-70-76-72–291
    + 3 72. Meredith Duncan 2,636
    71-71-76-73–291
    + 3 72. Sung Ah Yim 2,636
    75-70-73-73–291
    + 3 76. Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 2,519
    75-69-78-70–292
    + 4 76. Marisa Baena 2,519
    73-70-76-73–292
    + 4 76. Lisa Strom 2,519
    70-73-74-75–292
    + 4 79. Jimin Kang 2,456
    74-70-73-76–293
    + 5 80. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 2,408
    70-75-77-72–294
    + 6 80. Irene Cho 2,408
    71-74-73-76–294
    + 6 82. Soo-Yun Kang 2,361
    70-75-79-76–300
    + 12 • • •

    Missed the cut

    83. Sarah Kemp

    72-74–146
    + 2 83. Young-A Yang

    73-73–146
    + 2 83. Kris Tamulis

    74-72–146
    + 2 83. Anna Rawson

    76-70–146
    + 2 83. Paige Mackenzie

    71-75–146
    + 2 83. Carolina Llano

    74-72–146
    + 2 83. Kristy McPherson

    77-69–146
    + 2 83. Meaghan Francella

    74-72–146
    + 2 83. Sun Young Yoo

    77-69–146
    + 2 83. Angela Jerman

    72-74–146
    + 2 83. Jimin Jeong

    75-71–146
    + 2 83. Kelli Kuehne

    74-72–146
    + 2 95. Kim Welch

    70-77–147
    + 3 95. Liz Janangelo

    68-79–147
    + 3 95. Sophie Gustafson

    75-72–147
    + 3 95. H.J. Choi

    74-73–147
    + 3 95. Brandie Burton

    76-71–147
    + 3 95. Laura Diaz

    74-73–147
    + 3 101. Mhairi McKay

    76-72–148
    + 4 101. Cindy Pasechnik

    73-75–148
    + 4 101. Danielle Downey

    73-75–148
    + 4 101. Candy Hannemann

    73-75–148
    + 4 101. Minea Blomqvist

    74-74–148
    + 4 101. Diana D'Alessio

    75-73–148
    + 4 101. Maggie Will

    75-73–148
    + 4 101. Kate Golden

    72-76–148
    + 4 101. Moira Dunn

    78-70–148
    + 4 101. Erica Blasberg

    78-70–148
    + 4 101. Leah Wigger

    73-75–148
    + 4 101. Kristen Samp

    71-77–148
    + 4 101. Dina Ammaccapane

    75-73–148
    + 4 114. Na Ri Kim

    76-73–149
    + 5 114. Heather Young

    74-75–149
    + 5 114. Lorie Kane

    75-74–149
    + 5 114. Lindsey Wright

    78-71–149
    + 5 114. Se Ri Pak

    75-74–149
    + 5 114. Beth Bader

    75-74–149
    + 5 114. Virada Nirapathpongporn

    74-75–149
    + 5 114. Seo-Jae Lee

    74-75–149
    + 5 114. Tracy Hanson

    75-74–149
    + 5 123. Christa Johnson

    77-73–150
    + 6 123. Stacy Lewis

    72-78–150
    + 6 123. Allison Hanna-Williams

    72-78–150
    + 6 123. Yu Ping Lin

    74-76–150
    + 6 123. Simi Mehra

    76-74–150
    + 6 128. Hannah Jun

    73-78–151
    + 7 129. Eva Dahllof

    76-76–152
    + 8 129. Nicole Castrale

    78-74–152
    + 8 129. Onnarin Sattayabanphot

    78-74–152
    + 8 132. Marcy Hart

    78-75–153
    + 9 132. Siew-Ai Lim

    77-76–153
    + 9 132. Nancy Scranton

    74-79–153
    + 9 132. Silvia Cavalleri

    76-77–153
    + 9 132. Kyeong Bae

    78-75–153
    + 9 132. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman

    75-78–153
    + 9 132. Emily Bastel

    77-76–153
    + 9 139. Jeanne Cho-Hunicke

    78-76–154
    + 10 140. Violeta Retamoza

    77-81–158
    + 14 141. Audra Burks

    83-76–159
    + 15 142. Becky Iverson

    78-82–160
    + 16 142. Ashli Bunch

    81-79–160
    + 16

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