MORELIA, Mexico – Mexican star Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Norway’s Suzann Pettersen by a stroke in a dramatic final round and win the Corona Championship for the second straight year.
Ochoa, who also won the tournament in 2006, had back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to break a tie with Pettersen and finish at 25-under 267.
The charismatic star played without regular caddie Dave Booker, who got hurt playing a soccer match on Saturday and was unable to help the 27-year-old Ochoa around Tres Marias Residential Country Club. She ended up calling on childhood coach Rafael Alarcon to caddie for her.
South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi finished third at 18 under, Wendy Ward was another shot back and Christie Kerr and Yani Tseng tied for fifth at 16-under par.
Jerry Kelly rallied with a pair of birdies on the back nine, showing steady nerves to win the Zurich Classic at Avondale, La., for his first PGA Tour title since 2002.
Kelly birdied the fifth before bogeys on No. 8 and No. 10 brought him back to the pack. He then birdied the 11th and 14th to shoot 71 and finish 14 under for the tournament, one shot clear of Charles Howell, Rory Sabbatini and Charlie Wi.
Tom Lehman made a par putt on the second playoff hole to become the 13th player to win his Champions Tour debut, teaming with Bernhard Langer to fend off Craig Stadler and Jeff Sluman in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga.
Each team finished at 27-under 189 in the better-ball event.
Stadler bogeyed the second playoff hole and Langer’s approach landed in a greenside bunker, where he blasted out to 5 feet but missed his putt. After Sluman missed his par putt from 4 feet, Lehman rolled in his from about the same distance for the win.
Defending champions Tom Watson and Andy North (65) never mounted a serious charge, finishing at 21 under. Since teaming up in 2005, they’re a combined 102-under par in this tournament.
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