We appear to be witnessing a passing of the torch in women's golf. Come to think of it, it's more of a snatching of the torch than a genial passing of it.
If you've paid any attention to the LPGA over the last three or four years, you've probably noticed the steady ascent of Lorena Ochoa. Even as Annika Sorenstam was having a ten-win season in 2005, Ochoa was learning how to stay at the top of a leaderboard. She notched her third win that year (to go with ten top-tens), before really breaking out in 2006-07.
Last year, Ochoa finally won a major, after coming close several times. Now that she can win the big ones, it's anyone's guess what kind of record she will end up with at the end of her career… maybe even Annika-like numbers.
What's really remarkable about these two women is how much they have in common. Their dominance respectively began roughly 10 years apart, with Annika's currently appearing on the wane even as Lorena's seems to be gaining steam.
Let's get ready to rumble!