Erstwhile queen of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa has added a pair of tournament appearances to her crowded 2012 schedule.
In-Kyung Kim closed with an eight-under 64 to come from behind and capture the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico, for her third career LPGA victory. Kim was on fire on Sunday, carding 6-under 30 on the front nine. She finished the day with three more birdies and a bogey to finish at 19-under, setting a tournament record. She bested Suzann Pettersen, the 54-hole leader and seemingly perennial bridesmaid (or Lee Westwood of the LPGA), by three strokes.
In an act of good will, Kim will donate her $220,000 first place earnings to charity, half to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and the other half to an American organization yet to be determined.
Michelle Wie’s effort to defend her title at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational ended not much after it began. (Remember this adorable post-victory picture from last year?) Wie withdrew after battling back pain in the first round. She’s been coping with a bulging disc and pain from two cysts near her spine, which were revealed in an MRI two months ago. Wie said the cysts weren’t serious problems, but as anyone who’s played golf with bulging discs knows (including yours truly), it can be a very painful experience. Good news is at least it’s not a herniated disc.