Ochoa happy to be in Hunt

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

Lorena Ochoa has never been to Ottawa.

But the Mexican superstar said she already knows she is going to like visiting Canada's capital to defend her CN Canadian Women's Open title Aug. 11-17 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

"I love to play in Canada," said the defending champ, who won last year in Edmonton.

"It was a great experience and something I'll never forget, winning the tournament and feeling the support of the Canadians. I promise you'll see me for many, many more years."

That's reassuring news for Canadians who are fans of the 26-year-old, the No. 1-ranked woman golfer in the world. She will highlight what will be a strong field for the national championship.

The tournament's organizers are shooting to have the top 50 money winners at the Hunt after getting 45 of the top 50 in Edmonton last year.

Organizers are well on their way with Ochoa, the top money earner on tour with $2.03 million, being joined by the likes of Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Laura Diaz and Meg Mallon, who won this championship the last time it was held in the national capital region, at Royal Ottawa in 2000.

TAKING A BREAK

Ochoa is taking a break at home in Mexico to regroup for the second half of her season after finishing tied for 31st at the Women's U.S. Open last weekend, but took the time out to talk to Canadian reporters on a conference call organized by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

"It's been a great year so far," said Ochoa, who will return to action at the Evian Masters in France July 24-27 and the Ricoh Women's British Open the following week.

"I won two tournaments early in the year and the middle of the year is a good time to spend time at home, rest and get ready for the second part of the year. It's been a bit awkward the last few weeks, kind of on and off. I really want to get back into a good rhythm of practising, get back into my routine and play some good tournaments."

She has won six of her 12 starts this year.

Tickets and more information on the CN Canadian Women's Open are available at cncanadianwomensopen.com.

SENIORS TEE IT UP

Former champs make up the marquee group in the first round of the BreckonRidge Canadian PGA Seniors Championship, which gets under way this morning at The Marshes at Brookstreet Resort. Defending champ and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Dave Barr will be joined by Nepean's Graham Gunn and Hocan Olsson. The threesome tees off at 8:10 a.m. Tee times start at 7:40 a.m. off both the first and 10th tees and run until about 9:10 a.m.


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