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Lorena Ochoa to have own LPGA Tournament

Five years after she joined the LPGA Tour, Lorena Ochoa has her own golf tournament.

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational was among four new tournaments on the LPGA Tour schedule next year, a 54-hole event for 36 players at Guadalajara Country Club, the course where Ochoa grew up.

"Thank you to the LPGA for making this a dream come true for me," Ochoa said.

Banamex and Corona have signed up as presenting sponsors for the tournament, which will be played Nov. 13-16 with a $1 million purse. It will be the second-to-last event on the schedule, leading to the ADT Championship. And it will be the third event of the year in Mexico, a country barely on the tournament map until Ochoa turned pro.

"I'm very excited to be able to just play at home with the best players in the world," Ochoa said.

Annika Sorenstam became host of her own LPGA Tour event this year at the Ginn Tribute in South Carolina. That came four years after she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The field will include the top five players in the world ranking, the top 26 players from the LPGA Tour money list and five exemptions. Ochoa said at least one of the exemptions would be for a Mexican player, and she might hold a qualifying tournament. And she already made one unofficial invitation.

"Nancy Lopez, I would love to have her," Ochoa said.


November 15, 2007

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