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Lorena Ochoa, at two under at Kia Classic, says golf is her priority right now

March 25, 2010 |  2:51 pm
Lorena Ochoa, the No. 1 women’s golfer in the world, was married in December to AeroMexico executive Andres Conesa and speculation was that she will play only two more years before she retires to start a family.

Fabforum Close friend and competitor Christina Kim, in a recently published book, wrote, “Lorena is like a comet passing by — you better enjoy her now, because she will be gone before you know it.”

Ochoa, who shot two-under par Thursday in the first round of the Kia Classic, said she has no set retirement date in mind, but acknowledged that she would retire when she started a family.

“I think what is important is that right now golf is my priority, and I'm trying to do my best,” she said. “But ... I don't want to be playing and have kids at the same time, so when it's time to think about a family I will finish with my golf.”

Worth noting is that Ochoa has met all the requirements for the LPGA Hall of Fame except for 10 years of LPGA membership. She will meet that in 2012.

"I have little doubt she’ll retire after the 2012 season,” Kim wrote in her book. “She will be 31 then. ...”

--Peter Yoon, reporting from Carlsbad

Photo: Lorena Ochoa hits a chip shot on the third hole Thursday. Credit: Stephen Dunn, Getty Images.