Ochoa full of confidence; Tiger talks Van Halen

Ochoa full of confidence; Tiger talks Van Halen

What is up with Lorena
Ochoa?

On Sunday she won
her first start of the season
by 11 shots, stiff-arming the
year’s first two winners, who
were also her final-round playing partners, Annika Sorenstam
and Paula Creamer, with
four rounds in the 60s for a
20-under 268 in the HSBC
Champions at Tanah Merah
in Singapore.

The beat down
wasn’t that surprising — Ochoa
has been the best player in the
women’s game for a while — but
when that performance brought
up the inevitable Tiger Woods
comparisons, the humble, soft-spoken
star was anything but
demure.

“When (Tiger) won
the (Buick Invitational) by 10
(he won be eight), I had that
in mind,” she said. “You know,
it can be done, and why not go
and win my first tournament
by 10.”

Wow! And was this win
a message to the rest of the
LPGA? she was asked.

“Yes.
I think yes,” she said.

What
about the majors, is she thinking Grand Slam, like Tiger?

“I
don’t really have a number in
my mind. Every tournament I
play, I play to win.”

It’s not exactly Muhammad Ali, but those
are the uncharacteristically
blunt words of a golfer brimming with confidence and unworried about her rivals. Still, at
least one competitor came away
undaunted.

“She’s playing well,
but (playing as well) is nothing I don’t think is achievable,”
said Sorenstam.

Can’t wait for
the Safeway (March 27-30).

Last Thursday at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Delhi,
India, Nationwide tour player
Arjun Atwal claimed that he had
been cleared of wrongdoing
by the Florida State Attorney’s
office
in the March 2007 car
accident that left another
man, John Noah Park, dead.

The Florida Highway Patrol’s
official report on the accident
was forwarded to the state
attorney
on Feb. 7, and Atwal
said his lawyers called him a
week later with news that the
case had been dropped.

One
problem: The state attorney
has no idea what Atwal is
talking about, noting that no
decision has been made regarding the accident.

Atwal could
face anything from vehicular
manslaughter to street-racing
charges. He finished 17th at the
Johnnie Walker.

Note to Tiger: Van Morrison is
a he, Van Halen is a they.

A post
on Woods’s blog at pgatour.com
read, “I’m also thrilled to report that Van Halen will play
at Tiger Jam XI, April 19 at
the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas. I’ve already seen him play twice in
concert this year, and he and the
boys put on amazing shows.”

No wonder Woods’s nickname
in college was Urkel.