Watching Lorena Ochoa play in golf tournaments is like watching the movie Groundhog Day. Bill Murray repeats the sequences of his life over and over with perfect precision. His goal, earn the love of Andie MacDowell. Lorena does the same. She wins golf tournaments over and over while earning the respect of golf fans and her peers, even though she's beating the crap out of the latter.
Ochoa's near perfect 65 vaulted her into a one stroke lead over Linsdey Wright, 10 and 9 under par respectively. By near perfect I mean 13 out of 14 fairways hit and 17 of 18 greens in regulation. Day #1 co-leader, Lorie Kane, is alone in 3rd at -8. Annika at -6, defending champ Suzann Pettersen at -5, Karrie Webb at -2 are some of the bigger names that better make a move tomorrow or face playing Sunday for skin money. Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel are too far down the list to consider having a legit shot, especially the way Ochoa's playing. That's the difference in her during this barrage of wins. She flat out doesn't give up her position once she's gained it. Remind you of a certain someone?
Consider that Lorena's made 11 birdies in 36 holes, has no bogeys, and one devilish double bogey to her credit. Can anyone else here do that over the next two days? Need more? She's averaging 272 yds. off the tee on a soggy golf course with almost no roll. The course is wet as a fish. Pettersen averaged 264 yds. and Annika 242. Is it just me or was Annika a lot longer off the tee a couple of years ago?
I'm watching this tomorrow because I have the day off and I'll get to see if the field can make it worth watching on Sunday. Hope so.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Posted by Average Golfer at 7:59 PM