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By 04.21.10

Lorena Ochoa is walking away from golf, and normally we wouldn’t care about this sort of thing. Usually we just post pictures of the hotties and let those athletes with any sort of resume continue to flail in obscurity. That’s how we roll. But Ochoa’s abrupt departure is coming as a big shock to the LPGA, and it’s one that, considering the state of their game, they’re not exactly sustained to withstand.

Ochoa’s decision to step down now, at 28, makes her the second LPGA star, after Annika Sorenstam, to walk away from the game in less than two years. Couple that with a steep decline in sponsorship, plunging TV ratings and a surviving tour roster with few well-known personalities and commissioner Michael Whan finds himself battling to keep the LPGA relevant six months after taking the job. –GOLF.com, via T&R.

Ochoa’s departure leaves that league without a legitimate star, or at least one that can consistently find the leaderboard (sorry, Michelle Wie, but you still suck). This could mean the end of lady golfers running around in those fun little outfits, which would leave us with nothing to oogle other than women’s tennis, beach volleyball, lingerie models and Olympians. Way to ruin it for the rest of us, Lorena.


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