- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2008

From combined dispatches

REUNION, Fla. — Lorena Ochoa became the first LPGA Tour player in 45 years to win four tournaments in consecutive weeks.

Ochoa shot a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Ginn Open yesterday to beat rookie Yani Tseng by three strokes for her fifth victory in six starts this year.

Ochoa trailed early in the final round but went ahead for good with three straight birdies beginning at No. 8. She finished at 19 under and became the second player to win four times in four consecutive weeks.

Mickey Wright did it in 1962 and 1963. Kathy Whitworth (1969) and Annika Sorenstam (2001) also won four consecutive events, but there were off weeks during their runs.

Sorenstam (2004-05) and Nancy Lopez (1978) hold the tour record with five straight victories in events entered, but neither of those came in consecutive weeks.

The 22-time tour winner will give her colleagues a chance to take the spotlight next week in South Florida. She will sit out the Stanford Invitation Pro-Am and will try to make it five straight in two weeks in Tulsa, Okla.

Weekley repeats

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Boo Weekley won the Heritage for the second straight year, closing with an even-par 71 for a three-stroke victory over Anthony Kim and Aaron Baddeley.

Last year, Weekley needed chip-ins on the 71st and 72nd holes to beat Ernie Els by a stroke on a Monday for his first PGA Tour victory. Yesterday, Weekley strode up the 18th fairway with the win in hand and the gallery chanting, “Boooo! Boooo!”

Weekley finished at 15 under. He earned $990,000 and a second straight invitation to the Masters. He tied for 20th at Augusta National to miss qualifying for 2009.

Kim and Baddeley also finished with 71s, Jim Furyk (69) finished fourth at 11 under.

Watson defends title

LUTZ, Fla. — Tom Watson successfully defended his Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am title, saving bogey after hitting into the water on No. 18 for a 1-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Jay Haas and Scott Hoch.

A year after ending an 0-for-93 Florida drought at the TPC Tampa Bay, Watson finished at 9 under for his 50th title on the Champions and PGA tours.

A first for McGrane

BEIJING — Ireland’s Damien McGrane won his first European tour title, shooting a 1-over 73 in heavy rain for a nine-stroke victory.

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