Lorena Ochoa, the greatest golfer in Mexico’s history, is set to make her return to the LPGA. But it will be a one-time affair.
Ochoa retired in 2010 at 28 years old when she was one of the biggest names in golf. She will make her brief comeback at the Lorena Ochoa Match Play tournament in Mexico City (May 4th-7th).
“I know I’m going to play, so I’ve been practicing a couple of days a week,” said Ochoa at the WGC-Mexico Championship. “But I promise after tomorrow, I’m going to practice every day. I play okay. I enjoy it.”
The former No. 1 chose to walk away from competitive golf to focus on starting a family, one of her top priorities at the time. Her most recent competition was the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in 2012 where she finished tied for 18th place.
Since retiring from the LPGA, Ochoa has raised three children with her husband and continued working hard with her foundation to help disadvantaged children in Mexico. She has also stayed active with exhibition events and working with her sponsors.
Now at 35 years old and having not played LPGA-level golf in five years, Ochoa made light of where her game is right now by admitting that she’s rusty with a good laugh:
I cannot hit after my 6-iron. The 5-iron and 4-iron, it’s impossible. The driver is okay. For sure, I don’t have the strength, so it is difficult to play the long irons. If I get in the rough, I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s been a long time. We’ll see what happens.”
With 27 LPGA tour victories and two majors to her name, Ochoa will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in September.
Although her comeback will be as short-lived as possible, it should still be a nice treat for her fans as she continues to inspire young players in Mexico and around the world.
h/t: espn.com, golfdigest.com