Lorena Ochoa, the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world, she is considered the best Mexican golfer and the best Latin American female golfer of all time.
Lorena played on the LPGA Tour from 2003 tp 2010. She was the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive and total weeks (both are LPGA Tour records), from April 2007 to her retirement in May 2010. She was at the height of her career, number one in the world for a record 3 years, 28 years old when she decided to call it quits to start a new life as a marries woman.
Ochoa began golfing when she was five, growing up next to Guadalajara Country Club. By six years old, she had already won a state championship, and by seven her first national championship. She continued her young golfing years winning in the U.S., Japan, South America and 8 national championships.
Lorena attended the University of Arizona and kept her winning streak during her collegiate tournaments. Ochoa posted 12 victories and six seconds, never finishing outside the Top 10. In the 2001-02 season, Ochoa won eight of 10 tournaments, including the first seven in a row, and finished second in the other two.
In 2002 Lorena turned pro, playing on the Futures Tour, winning three of 10 events that she participated in and led the money list, earning her LPGA Tour card for 2003. She continued her LPGA career by winning Rookie of the Year honors with two seconds, and finished ninth on the money list.
In 2004, she obtained her first LPGA victory at the Franklin American Heritage tournament. She completed the year with 2 victories and set LPGA Tour records for most birdies, most rounds under par and most rounds in the 60s.
Through the end of 2006, Ochoa had accomplished six victories, however, didn’t have a major championship to her credit. This changed in 2007, when Lorena earned her first major at The Old Course at St. Andrews, the 2007 Women’s British Open, with a 4-stroke victory. She went on to win eight times total in 2007, becoming the first LPGA golfer to cross the $4 million single-season earnings mark.
Lorena Ochoa dominated women’s golf for several years in the first decade of the 2000s and played her way into the Hall of Fame. She retired from competitive golf before reaching age 30, and reigns as the greatest Mexican golfer ever.