Lorena Ochoa is retiring, just as Annika Sorenstam did two years ago, leaving the struggling LPGA Tour without its No. 1 player again and depriving the sport of one of its great ambassadors.
Ochoa, probably the best-known athlete in Mexico who is not a soccer player, announced her surprise decision Tuesday. She will discuss her plans Friday.
Ochoa, 28, got married last year, setting off speculation she might put golf aside to raise a family. She has been No. 1 in the world the past three years and has won 27 times over the past six.
"Lorena Ochoa confirms her retirement from the LPGA, as news reports in some media have said today," her statement said. "The reasons and more details on the matter will be given by Lorena personally in a press conference on Friday in Mexico.
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