Lorena Ochoa has no regrets about leaving the LPGA Tour to devote all of her time to her family and foundation.
“I wouldn’t change this for anything,” Ochoa said. “I’m happy with what I’m doing. I don’t see myself again on the LPGA Tour. It’s a tough schedule. I’m happy having a son and hopefully our family will grow next year.”
The Mexican star won 27 LPGA Tour titles before retiring at the age of 28 in 2010. She is back this week to play in her own Lorena Ochoa Invitational after missing the event last year before the birth of son Pedro in December. She also played in the Ladies European Tour’s French Open last month, tying for 22nd.
“I’m very happy to be playing,” said Ochoa, who opened the tournament at Guadalajara Country Club last night in a group with Ai Miyazato and Azahara Munoz.
On Tuesday, Ochoa ran a golf clinic for children from her foundation. “It was fun to be out there with the kids,” she said. “They are so small a lot of times they don’t know what to think but it was nice to see them out there having fun and see their parents get so excited about getting their kids involved in golf and grow to love the game. It is always fun to be able to do that and hopefully tomorrow the kids will come out with their parents and see the tournament.”
Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, coming off her tour-leading fourth victory of the season Sunday in Japan, tops the field in the 36-player event along with No 1 Yani Tseng, No 4 Inbee Park and No 5 Suzann Pettersen.
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew is the defending champion after winning last year’s event by four strokes.