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Ochoa breezes to 7-shot victory at Safeway International

/ Source: East Valley Tribune

Lorena Ochoa is always tough to beat. On a gusty Sunday she had a head start. Ochoa shot a 6-under 66 to win her second straight LPGA Safeway International title to finish 22-under par at the Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club near Gold Canyon.

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She finished seven shots ahead of Jee Young Lee in front of a record crowd of 44,600.

Ochoa started the day one shot ahead of Angela Stanford and Lee. Ochoa, who won eight times on the LPGA last year, possessed not only the lead but had the crowd on her side.

"It was a great feeling you know,'' said Ochoa, a Mexican native and a former University of Arizona star. "It's very nice to see the support and the love, and they care so much."

It was close early. Stanford, playing the group behind Lee and Ochoa, birdied the first hole and was tied with Ochoa.

Ochoa birdied No. 2 for the fourth straight day to regain the lead.

She made the turn with a three-shot lead, and as the wind picked up, Ochoa's lead just kept growing.

Lee never could get on a roll, shooting even par. Stanford, who set a course record on Thursday, tied for fourth.