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Ochoa holds off Pettersen to defend Mexico crown

AFP , MORELIA, MEXICO

Lorena Ochoa fired a five-under par 68 on Sunday to hold off Norway’s Suzanne Pettersen and win her second straight Corona Championship LPGA title.

Ochoa, who also won the tournament in her homeland in 2006, nabbed back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to break out of a tie with Pettersen.

She won with a 25-under total of 267.

Ochoa had to make do without regular caddie Dave Booker around the Tres Marias Country Club course after he was injured playing soccer on Saturday.

She called on childhood coach Rafael Alarcon and with him on the bag Ochoa collected her 26th career title and second this season.

Ochoa also notched her third career LPGA victory in Mexico, where she has played 11 of the 13 tournaments sanctioned by the US women’s tour.

South Korea’s Choi Na-yeon finished third after a 70 for 274. American Wendy Ward was a further stroke back after a 70 for 275.

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng was tied for fifth on 276, while compatriot Teresa Lu tied for 17th on 283.

■ZURICH CLASSIC

AFP, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

US veteran Jerry Kelly won his first title in seven years on Sunday, fighting back after squandering the lead to win the US$6.2 million PGA Zurich Classic by one stroke.

Kelly, who led by three strokes when the day began, won in his 200th start since his last victory at the 2002 Western Open, firing a final-round one-under par 71 to finish 72 holes on 14-under par 274.

South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini, South Korean Charlie Wi and American Charles Howell shared second on 275. Sabbatini fired a 67 while Howell and Wi each shot 68s. Americans Steve Marino and David Toms shared fifth on 276.

Howell made a furious charge to the lead from four off the pace at the start with birdies on six of the first 11 holes, including back-to-backs starting on the second and fifth holes as well as the ninth and 11th holes.

But Howell came home two-over in the last seven holes, bogeys on the 15th and 17th thwarting his title bid.

“I got myself in position,” Howell said. “I wish I could have finished it a little better.”

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