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Ochoa rallies with 66 for 3-shot triumph

3/1/2009

Lorena Ochoa won the Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday for her 25th career title, easily overcoming an early deficit and pulling away for a three-stroke victory in her season debut

The top-ranked Mexican star, three strokes behind playing partner Paula Creamer at the start of the round, shot a 6-under 66 in overcast conditions that took the edge off the heat on the Siam Country Club's Plantation Course.

Ochoa finished at 14-under 274 -- shooting 71-69-68 the first three days -- and earned $217,500 for her second straight season-opening victory. Last year, she opened with a victory in Singapore in the HSBC Women's Champions and went on to win five of her first six events. She will be in Singapore next week for her title defense.

South Korea's Hee Young Park shot a 65 to finish a career-high second. The third-ranked Creamer had a 73, leaving her four strokes back at 10 under.

Stacy Prammanasudh, an American who has a Thai father, shot a course-record 63 to tie for fourth with Brittany Lang (73) at 7 under.

Ochoa wiped out Creamer's three-shot lead in three holes, picking up two strokes on the par-5 second with a birdie and Creamer's bogey, and pulling even when Creamer dropped another stroke on the par-3 third.

Ochoa took the outright lead at 10 under on No. 5, added a birdie on the par-5 sixth and pulled away with birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-5 11th and 13th. She bogeyed the par-3 16th, got the stroke back with a birdie on 17 and parred 18.

Mika Miyazato (70) was sixth at 6 under, and Yani Tseng (68), Helen Alfredsson (70), Angela Stanford (71) and Sophie Gustafson (70) followed at 5 under in the event that attracted a tournament-record 16,500 fans Sunday. Stanford won the season-opening SBS Open two weeks ago in Hawaii and has three victories in her last eight starts.

Leaderboard – Final :

1. Lorena Ochoa                       MEX  71 69 68 66 274 -14
2. Hee Young Park                    KOR  79 64 69 65 277 -11
3. Paula Creamer                      USA  68 70 67 73 278 -10
4. Stacy Prammanasudh             USA  75 70 73 63 281 - 7
    Brittany Lang                        USA  68 69 71 73 281 - 7
6. Mika Miyazato                        JPN  73 67 72 70 282 - 6
7. Yani Tseng                            TAI  70 71 74 68 283 - 5
    Angela Stanford                    USA  68 71 73 71 283 - 5
    Sophie Gustafson                  SWE  70 73 70 70 283 - 5

Source: AP, LPGA Tour

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