Lorena Ochoa, brilliant

Lorena Ochoa confirmed her status as the world’s number one female golfer when she completed two thirds of the Trevino Slam, winning the Canadian Open and the Open (British) the same year. Trevino also won the US Open that great summer long ago. Lorena left St. Andrews with many new friends and fans, she even toasted her win with tequila and her family at “the local”, Dunvegan’s. My wife and I happened to be at an Indian restaurant that Sunday night, and it was honoured with a group of the Swedish players (and their Scottish caddies!). For some reason I don’t think the PGA Tour Stars hang around after many tournaments, but they don’t play in St. Andrews too often.

From the LINKS NEWS: “The Old Course used for the Women’s Open measured 6639 yards, longer than the men’s Open courses used up until 1939. Bobby Jones played a course that was 6539 yards long. The Women’s Open course was only 300 yards shorter than the 6933 yard version that produced champions of the calibre of Jack Nicklaus, Sevie Ballesteros and Nick Faldo.
Conditions throughout the week were very difficult. The Open of 1995, played in similar windy weather, was won by John Daly on 282, six under par. Lorena Ochoa’s score of 287 stands favourably alongside Sam Snead’s 290 and Jack Nicklaus’s 283 in 1970. It might also be remembered that when the westerly wind blew less strongly during the third round of the 2005 Open that Tiger Woods himself lost two balls in the whins and only broke par by making a spectacular three at the last.”

Interesting stuff, only Lorne Rubenstein and the hundreds of regulars at Dunvegan’s remember stuff like that. Another interesting note was 21 local caddies worked during the week, and another 13 were “hired” by players with their own caddies for advanced information on the Old Course. I loved the fact that the Old Course was presented exactly as it is every day when people plunk down their 125 Pounds to play. Everyone gets to play the same course – and they kept the final round pins for the following week!

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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