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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Ochoa's uncle dies in Mexico; she'll miss Ginn event

By Ron Sirak
Golf World

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. -- Lorena Ochoa, who withdrew from the Ginn Tribute at RiverTowne Country Club Tuesday when she learned her uncle was serious ill, said Thursday on her Web site that Pedro Ochoa, brother of her father Javier, had died at the age of 73 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

No cause of death was given, although the Web site said Pedro Ochoa had been sick for some time.

According to, Ochoa will return next week at the McDonald's LPGA Championship where she will try to win her second major championship of the year and third in a row. Only Babe Zaharias and Pat Bradley have won three consecutive LPGA majors. Ochoa, the No. 1 player in the Rolex Rankings, has won six times in nine starts this year and 2O times since April 15, 2006.

Suzann Pettersen is the defending champion at the McDonald's, which is played on Bulle Rock GC in Havre de Grace, Md., a 6,596-yard course with wide fairways that suit Ochoa's attacking style of play. Ochoa finished T-6 at Bulle Rock last year, six strokes behind Pettersen.

Ron Sirak is the executive editor of Golf World magazine

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