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Ochoa targets calendar grand slam
The world number one wins her third LPGA tour event of the season.
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2008 07:18 GMT

Mexico's Lorena Ochoa says she can still improve, even though she is dominating the Tour [AFP]

Lorena Ochoa, world number one, set her sights on a sweep of this year's four majors after completing an easy five-stroke victory at the LPGA Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in California.
 
The Mexican clinched her 20th LPGA title in a commanding performance, evoking comparisons with Tiger Woods, the equally dominant men's number one.
Ochoa became the first woman to win back-to-back majors since Swede Annika Sorenstam at the 2005 McDonald's LPGA Championship, having clinched her maiden grand slam title at last year's Women's British Open.
Asked by reporters if she could win a calendar sweep this season, Ochoa simply replied: "Yes."

The 26-year-old from Guadalajara was then asked who or what could prevent her from adding to her ever-growing tally of tournament victories.

"I'd like to believe nothing and nobody," Ochoa said.

"I'm going to try to just keep getting better and hopefully win a lot of tournaments."

Lorena Ochoa
"I know this is just the beginning of the year and I know I put up some high goals this year but I want to try to keep going and let the momentum flow.

"Right now I'm going to celebrate tonight but I'll be ready 100 per cent on Monday to win in Morelia," she added, referring to next week's Championship in Mexico.

"I will just do one good week at a time and I really believe I can win any tournament I play."

Ochoa now has three victories in four starts on the 2008 LPGA Tour, with her wins coming by a remarkable aggregate margin of 23 strokes.

Comfortable position

"I feel that I'm prepared and it's not something that happened in one morning," the Mexican added after shooting a five-under-par 67 in Sunday's final round.

"It took me five years to get to the top and I really feel comfortable with the position.

"It's definitely tough, probably tougher than I thought, but it's worth it. I'm going to enjoy my time at the top as much as I can because it's really been a blessing."

Ochoa said she had learned important lessons by winning her first two majors.

"I've learned that I can go low and win a tournament by a few shots and I'm going to try to continue that," she added.

"I played today like any other day in the tournament. I didn't have in my mind like: 'Oh, my God, it's a major.' I just played like any other day and I think that's why I played so easy and enjoyed the round so much."

Following the same vein of 13-time major winner Woods, Ochoa is always looking to develop her game.

"There are things that you can improve every week," she said.

"Yesterday I missed a few putts and the day before I three-putted a couple of times.

"There's always room to improve. I am going to change. I'm going to try to just keep getting better and hopefully win a lot of tournaments. That's the goal."

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