LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational Golf Tournament

The title host of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational
The Lorena Ochoa Invitational was an LPGA Tour tournament played in Mexico and hosted by the retired tour legend, Ochoa. It was played nine times in the early 2000s.

First played: 2008

Last played: 2017

The tournament originated as a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament limited to just 36 golfers and played near the end of the LPGA season. The Top 5 golfers in the world rankings got in, as did the Top 26 golfers from the LPGA money list not already in, plus five sponsor exemptions.

In its final year, the tournament switched to a 64-player, match-play format.

The lowest winning score was 269, set by I.K. Kim in 2010. The 18-hole record was 63, set by Angela Stanford in 2010 and Carlota Ciganda in 2015 (and both won the tournament those years).

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational is probably best-remembered as the site of Michelle Wie's first LPGA victory, which happened in the 2009 tournament.

Also known as: In its final year, the tournament was named the Lorena Ochoa Match Play.

Winners of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational

In its first nine years, the tournament was stroke play; only the final year was match play.

2008 — Angela Stanford, 275
2009 — Michelle Wie, 275
2010 — In-Kyung Kim, 269
2011 — Catriona Matthew, 276
2012 — Cristie Kerr, 272
2013 — Lexi Thompson, 272
2014 — Cristina Kim, 273
2015 — Inbee Park, 270
2016 — Carlota Ciganda, 275
2017 — Sei-Young Kim def. Ariya Jutanugarn, 1-up

Golf courses: Guadalajara Country Club was the host course through 2013. In 2014, the tournament moved to Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City.

Photo credit: "Lorena Ochoa"by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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