Lorena Ochoa won her first Major Championship at the Women’s British Open, this weekend. Like, Padraig Harrington, who won the Men’s Championship, two weeks ago, there could not be a more deserving winner. Lorena has had several chances to win a Major, and up until now, has fallen short. Those “failures”, only heightened the pressure for her to win her first one, and she did so in convincing style, winning by four at the home of golf, St. Andrews.
Ochoa is humble and courteous and has handled adversity with grace. She has very publicly, disintegrated on a few occasions, losing tournaments that were hers to win. Most notable amongst those were the Safeway last year where she blew a four shot lead with three holes to play and the triple bogey on the 18th. hole of the 2006 US Women’s Open at Cherry Hills, when she had the lead. Never one to become petulant after some of these heartbreaking losses, Ochoa graciously answered reporters’ questions and congratulated the respective winners, on their fine play. There is a young Spanish player, who would do very well, to watch how Lorena handles herself and take some lessons from that.