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Ochoa on Tiger: 'We both had a great year'

Ochoa was on the course Monday, and when she got to the pivotal three closing holes at Trump, she wound up hitting a half-dozen balls to different areas of the greens. And she made a few birdies, which doesn't hurt.

Sorenstam, meanwhile, is a little more desperate.

In a strange year in which her greatest joy has come off the golf course, the ADT Championship is her last chance to avoid her first winless season since she was a rookie in 1994. Sorenstam only qualified for the 32-player field last week, when she had her third straight top 10 for the first time all year. That put her up to No. 25 on the money list.

"It's not a year that is something you really put on a resume," Sorenstam said.

But there's a good reason for her becoming just another face on the LPGA Tour this year. Sorenstam was diagnosed with back and neck injuries in April after a lackluster start to her season, and she wound up missing nearly two months of competition. Even when she returned at her Ginn Tribute, and for the final three majors, she was hardly at full strength.

And the landscape of the LPGA Tour changed before her eyes.

First came Ochoa, replacing her at No. 1 in the world ranking this spring and stretching her lead to leave no doubt who's the best. Then came Pettersen, who won her first major among five LPGA titles this year.

Sorenstam is stuck on 69 victories, still third on the career list in LPGA history. For most of this decade, her only rival seemed to be Kathy Whitworth and her record 88 victories, and it most thought it was only a matter of time before Sorenstam caught her.

"It wasn't until those few years when I was really hot and I was winning events that I thought, 'Well, maybe that's even possible.' Now, it's just getting back to the game and even trying to win one event," Sorenstam said. "Right now, I don't really have that in my sights. It's not something that motivates me. I'm focusing on next season and giving it my all."

No doubt, Ochoa will be the one to chase.

"Annika, because of her condition with her back, we knew she was going to have a slow year," Ochoa said. "I think what is going to be really exciting is to see next year how everything comes together. I think it's going to be a great year."

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