By David Simmonds
Mexico has huge sport’s hero, and it’s not a dude with hairy legs who kicks a ball. No, Lorena Ochoa is an attractive 25-year-old from Guadalajara who plays golf like a Tiger…without the scowl and the f-bombs.
Winning her seventh tournament of the year, Ochoa shot a final round 6-under par 66 to claim victory in the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, CA, thereby securing claim as the world’s best female player.
Lorena has been dominant this year with six victories, three seconds, and two thirds in the last 13 tournaments played. Being long off the tee, coupled with a deadly short game, has essentially separated her from the talented women’s field. At the age of 25, with a focused desire to constantly improve, Mexico should have many more years to support and admire this amazing athlete.
Mexico has developed a number of world-class golf courses over the past twenty years, but the cost to play is prohibitive for the vast majority of its residents, catering primarily to tourists who can afford the $100 – $250 green fees. Perhaps Lorena’s success will serve as a catalyst to the creation of more public links priced more affordably for the working class. That would be a legacy that would far outlive all of the awards and trophies that she is sure to amass.