Lorena Ochoa to Retire From Professional Golf
By Stephanie Wei under General

World’s number one golfer Lorena Ochoa is set to announce the details of her retirement at a press conference in Mexico City on Friday. Last December the 28-year-old married AeroMexico CEO Andres Conesa, and for years she has stated she would quit when she was ready to start a family.

Mexican newspaper Reforma is reporting Ochoa will take an indefinite break from professional golf to focus on her family and charity work. According to an unnamed source, “It is not a goodbye but a see-you-later.” The source hinted that Ochoa could return to competition in the future.

Perhaps her on-course behavior lately was an indication of her unhappiness. Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry notes:

She was visibly upset in the final round, spiking her ball into the 13th green after a three-putt. These outbursts have become more frequent for the once level-headed Ochoa in recent months.

Wow. We knew this day would come, but no one thought it would be this soon. Many speculated it wouldn’t be until 2012 and her induction into the Hall of Fame. So it’s hard not to ask, is a baby on the way (she inherited three kids from Conesa’s previous marriage)? Just wondering.

In Christina Kim’s new tell-all “Swinging From My Heels,” she writes:

Lorena is so family-oriented she has told me in the past that once she has kids she will quit competitive golf cold turkey. I have little doubt she will retire after the 2012 season. That will give her ten years on tour, the minimum needed to qualify for the Hall of Fame. She will be thirty-one then and eager to start popping out cute little Mexican babies.

So, does “retirement” mean she’s completely done? She can always step away from the game for a few years to have half a dozen babies and then return to competition. But given what we know, it sounds like once she tosses the clubs aside, it’ll be hard to dig them out of storage. Or maybe the golfing world will get lucky and she’ll pull a Brett Favre.