Lorena Ochoa picked up her third victory of 2006 with a final round of 65 at the Wendy’s Championship For Children. Her -24 score was three shots better than Jee Young Lee and Stacy Prammanasudh, and six shots better than last year’s event record.
Through six holes Ochoa had opened up a three shot lead, but Petunia played her next four holes in -5 to climb to within one. The two long hitters both parred the par-5 11th, and then Lee birdied 12 to tie for the lead at -22. Ochoa reclaimed the lead with a birdie at 13, and another birdie at 14 put her up by two. Lee couldn’t counter and when she bogeyed 16, Lorena’s lead was three and the trophy was hers.
While those two were dueling, Stacy Prammanasudh was birdying four straight holes to get to -20. A birdie on 18 capped her round of 64, -21 overall. Ai Miyazato (in the last group with Ochoa and Lee) played well but couldn’t keep up the pace, finishing fourth at -17. Diana D’Alessio was this week’s Big Surprise with her fifth-place finish, -15 and all four rounds in the 60s. Karrie Webb and Jeong Jang both finished tied for sixth (-13) and defending champ Cristie Kerr finished tied for ninth (-12). So a CYA pick wins the tournament and all four of my picks were Top 10. What more can I say about that?
With all of the low scoring this week, I should also mention that Sophie Gustafson shot 63 on Sunday (finished -10, tied for 15th) for the lowest round of all. Maybe next year the superintendent will grow the rough a little longer or add a few more bunkers or maybe just not let them lift-clean-place after some overnight rain.