Starting the day with a one stroke lead, Lorena Ochoa birdied her first two holes to say to the field, "Not today". She had the only bogey free round and captured her 2nd career major by winning the 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Her five under 67 left her at 277 for the championship, five strokes clear of Annika Sorenstam and Suzann Petersen. The only race was for 2nd place on down. Bowing to tradition, Ochoa leaped into Poppy's Pond setting a new world women's long jump record in the process. That tradition was started 20 years ago by Amy Alcott, winner of three Kraft Nabiscos, formerly Dinah Shores. Alcott touchingly made this her last Kraft Nabisco.
I wish there was more to say, but it legitimately was all Ochoa. This marks her third win in four starts in 2008. She's money. She's so far ahead of the field it's difficult finding a contender. Perhaps Annika, who was terribly ill in the third round, but rallied with a closing 68 today. Nevertheless, had they started today even, Ochoa would have bested her with her 67. Neither defending champion Morgan Pressel, nor any other American threatened to finish in the top ten. If she keeps this up Tiger will be calling her for advice.
SHELL HOUSTON OPEN
Johnson Wagner punched his own ticket to the Masters by holding off Chad Campbell and Geoff Ogilvy for a two shot victory in the Shell Houston Open. His 71 today left him at -16 for the week. In what appears to be a Masters tune up, Fred Couples carded a velvety 66 to finish three back. Billy Mayfair tied Couples finish with a 66 of his own. Being Shell's tournament, Wagner was given the choice between his share of the 5.6 million dollar purse or 100 barrels of crude. He wisely took the oil.
Next week is Masters week. Stay with this average golfer for a look at the Masters you won't find anywhere else.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Posted by Average Golfer at 6:54 PM