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Top-ranked golfer Lorena Ochoa confirms retirement reports [Updated]

April 20, 2010 |  9:23 am

Lorena Ochoa, the top-ranked player in women's golf for the last three years, confirmed Tuesday that she has retired from competitive golf.

"Ochoa confirms her retirement from the LPGA, as news reports in some media have said today," the statement said.

"The reasons and more details on the matter will be given by Lorena personally in a press conference on Friday in Mexico City. Lorena will share this news of a new stage in her life with her sponsors, family members and friends."

The statement came after the Mexican newspaper Reforma reported the 28-year-old golfer's decision earlier Tuesday.

In December, Ochoa married Aeromexico Chief Executive Andres Conesa, who has three children from a previous marriage.

It is not clear whether Ochoa will play in next week's Tres Marias tournament in Morelia, west of Mexico City, as previously planned.

[Updated at 10:24 a.m.: Ochoa was first ranked No. 1 in the world in 2006 after winning six tournaments. She won  her first major at the Women's British Open. Her other victory at a major was the 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

She won her fourth consecutive LPGA Tour player of the year award in 2009, even though she won only three times (she had 21 combined victories in 2006-08). This year she has one top-10 finish in four events.]

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Lorena Ochoa watches a shot during the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage earlier this month. Credit: David Cannon / Getty Images