Editor's note: Today we continue our Monday series spotlighting a golfer who has qualified to play in the U.S. Women's Open, which is July 6-12 at Saucon Valley Country Club.LORENA OCHOA
Home country: Mexico
Career LPGA victories: 26
Best U.S. Women's Open finish: Tied for second (2006, 2007)
About Ochoa: Has been ranked No. 1 since April 2007, when she took over for Annika Sorenstam. Three-time major winner who is third on career money list with $13.9 million. Has won at least six events in each of the last three seasons; has two wins so far this year. Three-time LPGA player of year. Season-scoring average below 70 last three years. Won first LPGA event, in May 2004, the same day her brother and manager Alejandro summitted Mt. Everest. Has competed in two triathlons and two half-marathons.
How is 2009 going? I guess I'm going in the right place this year. I've been consistent. I have two wins, one second place, so I'm happy. I think I'm achieving my goals so far, and like I said, I want to stay at the top at the end of the year.
What do you know about Saucon Valley? I've never been there, and I don't think I'm going to have time to visit [before the Women's Open]. I heard it's a beautiful course, there's a lot of history there, so I can't wait to get there and see the place.
What does it take to win the Women's Open? Everything. Starting on Thursday, you need really good touch around the greens. It's very important to hit good drivers, because the rough is really high. And you need to be able to handle all the pressure. It needs to be your week for you to win.
Who are the favorites? I never mention players. Everybody's pretty good. The competition is really tough, and anybody can win.
Mark WogenrichCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times