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Lorena Ochoa soars in Sybase Classic


Lorena Ochoa of Mexico lines up a putt on the 17th hole during third-round action on the LPGA Sybase Classic at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, New York, on Sunday. Ochoa won the event, finishing at 5 under after starting the day at even par.


Lorena Ochoa extended her impressive run with a two-stroke victory in the Sybase Classic on Sunday, the sixth straight tournament in which she has either won or been the runner-up.

The 24-year-old from Mexico closed a 5-under 66 with a 3-foot birdie putt to win the rain-shortened event and retake the US LPGA Tour money lead which she lost last week.

The tournament was shortened to 54 holes after heavy rain and a saturated course wiped out all play on Friday.

Ochoa, who won the Takefuji Classic in April and has four seconds and a fourth this season, started the final round four strokes off the lead.

The lead was hers for good when she made about a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th. She made par-saving putts on the next two holes and closed her fifth career win with the birdie on the par-5 just as rain began to fall.

Annika Sorenstam finished with a 3-over 74 for a 213 total.

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