Ochoa thinks Sorenstam has right idea
CLIFTON, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam's decision to leave the LPGA Tour left Lorena Ochoa with mixed emotions and her own exit strategy still in place.
"My plans are the same ... I want to win tournaments, I want to break records this year," Ochoa said Wednesday, a day after Sorenstam announced this would be her last season.
Heading into this week's Sybase Classic at the Upper Montclair Country Club, Ochoa and Sorenstam are 1-2, respectively, in the world rankings and leading earners on tour this year.
Ochoa, 26, has won five times and earned $1,538,616. Sorenstam ran away with her third title last weekend -- against a field that included Ochoa -- and pushed her earnings to $1,244,281.
The 37-year-old Swede, still at the top of her game, announced Tuesday that she was leaving the game at the end of the year to get on with her life.
"She's at a different stage in her life and she wants to have kids and have the clinic and she has other things to do," Ochoa said. "I think to find the love of doing something different outside the golf course is something that I admire, so congratulations to her."
The Mexican superstar has similar ideas. Two years ago, she said she planned to play six to 12 years -- this is her sixth full season on the tour.
"I don't have a strict number which date I will finish, but I do want to go back home and just raise a family and have kids.
"Those are the plans," the two-time defending champion of the Sybase Classic said. "You never know what is going to happen, but I would love to just finish here and be happy with my career and then just go back to Mexico and do things that I love to do, that I miss. Life is too short to not do them, and I like to be home."
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