Although Lorena Ochoa's career was short by modern golfing standards, the superstar Mexican goes down as the greatest player in the history of her native homeland, and one of the most talented players to ever grace the LPGA.
Ochoa began on the LPGA in 2003, and by the time she reached the 2007 AIG Women's Open, she had already won nine titles in her first three years. At 25-years of age, Ochoa won her first major St Andrews in 2007, claiming the AIG Women's Open at the home of golf, the first time the Championship had ever been held there.
Amazingly, Ochoa had recorded 11 top-10s in her last 14 majors, including two seconds, before finally breaking through at St Andrews. Ochoa opened with a dominant round of 67, and led the tournament wire-to-wire, from the 9th hole of her first round, eventually winning by four strokes.
Already the world number one at that point, Ochoa recorded a remarkable 21 victories between 2006 and 2008, including two majors. The Mexican held the world number one spot for just over three years consecutively from 2007 to 2010, the most in history.
Ochoa announced a shock retirement in 2010 at the age of 28 to focus on family and her foundation while still at the peak of her powers and still holding the world number one spot. Upon retiring, Ochoa was on an active LPGA cut streak of 101 (since retiring she has added six events to that mark) and finished her career with 27 LPGA titles and two majors. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.