Inkster, Ochoa bond over retirement
Lorena Ochoa always spoke about retiring early, but why this soon? Beth Ann Baldry weighs in.
MORELIA, Mexico – Juli Inkster never imagined she’d play longer than Lorena Ochoa. The LPGA’s supermom shared an emotional moment with Ochoa at the Kraft Nabisco when the World No. 1 told her that she planned to retire.
“You know, she said, ‘I want to cry,’ and I said, ‘Me, too. Let’s cry for happiness because this is something that I’m super happy about,’ ” Ochoa said.
Inkster, who turns 50 in June, announced earlier this year in Singapore that this might be her last season. Today, she said she plans to play through the 2011 Kraft Nabisco. Tomorrow, she could say something different.
“I change,” Inkster said. “I think that’s my prerogative. I don’t have to make a decision.”
As for Ochoa, Inkster said she’ll miss her more as a person than a golfer. That’s a sentiment shared by most on this tour.