Lorena Ochoa, the quietest superstar in sports, reasserted herself over the weekend by winning the Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J., her sixth championship of the year.
Ochoa's wins of late have been of the Big Brown variety -- running away from the field. Yesterday, was a little different. She had a substantial lead early in the day, four strokes, but then backed up to the field. Still, no one could catch her and she won her sixth tournament of the season by a stroke over five players. At one point this year, she had captured four straight tournaments.
Ochoa is just 26 and has now won 20 tournaments in a little over two years. It was reasonable to expect that the next few years would feature dramatic battles between the newest women's golf superstar, Ochoa, and the player who had reigned for so long, Annika Sorenstam. But last week's announcement by Sorenstam that this would be her last season of full-time competition changed all that. The 37-year-old Sorenstam wants to focus on other things, both professionally and personally, including starting a family.
That's a good thing for her and she's entitled. Her achievements and contributions to the game provide a platinum legacy.
Meanwhile, Ochoa seems to be destined for a lot more days like yesterday where even when she doesn't play her best golf, the field just won't be up to catching her.