Lorena Ochoa is competing this week at the Michelob ULTRA Open coming off her second worst performance of the year last week...a tie for fifth! In seven tournaments so far this year, she has five wins, a tie for eighth and a tie for fifth. It's a remarkable start to the year that has people talking about all sorts of records previously considered unattainable.
She has her work cut out for her right from the start this week, as the #1 ranked women's golfer is paired with the #2 and #3 ranked players for the first two rounds. Showing poise under added pressure and attention, she fired a clutch 6-under 65 in cool, damp conditions and is tied for third after round one.
As you can see in the image, in addition to her customary white Classics, Lorena opted for the black/red Performance Light Jacket (style #33673) during yesterday's first round.
Also, check out this great article in Virginia's Daily Press about Lorena's impact on and off the golf course and how she embraces the opportunity to be a role model for young people.
With the season's "fifth major" upon us, the Tour moves to one of the most famous and recognizable venues in the game...the TPC at Sawgrass. Completely renovated before last year's tournament, the course didn't play as planned due to cool, damp conditions. However, this week calls for warm, sunny days and the players say the course is already playing hard, fast and difficult. Listen to these interviews with Dudley Hart and Camilo Villegas to hear more about the course conditions and what they're doing to prepare for a tough test.
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Click on the picture above to hear Camilo's preview interview.
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Today was pro-am day at Wachovia and, while most of the players were still relatively relaxed, you can sense the focus and preparation starting to increase. It helped that the weather conditions improved dramatically over the previous two days with clear blue skies, just a slight breeze and temperatures around 70 degrees. We got out on the course today and also made the rounds on the practice green, the range and the locker room. Check out the slideshow to see what was happening around Quail Hollow on Wednesday.
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We're down in Charlotte this week at the Wachovia Championship where many of the top players in the world have gathered to take a shot at the blue jacket. The story so far has been the weather. The course was closed Monday due to heavy rain and tornado warnings and Tuesday brought unseasonably cold temperatures with temps in the low 50's and wind gusts around 20mph. We were in the locker room and on the range most of the day and will get out on the course tomorrow to show you the grounds at Quail Hollow. Check back throughout the week for updates and click on "Add a Comment" to let us know if there's anything you want to see this week.