Triple threat

Lorena Ochoa won the Sybase Classic for the third year in a row. The Mexican star shot a 1-under 71 and beat five players by one shot. She stole Annika Sorenstam’s thunder in the process as Sorenstam announced Tuesday that she would retire from golf after the season. Sorenstam, who was in contention to win, finished tied for 11th, five strokes behind Ochoa.

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Check out Torrey Pines

Click hereto read Tom Hoffarth’s Off the Wall post complete with pictures from Torrey Pines. We played the course yesterday, one month before the U.S. Open tees off. The rough is tough stuff, that’s for sure. Tom played, I hacked around a bit on a few holes. On the 13th hole, it took me six shots to move my ball 10 feet out of the rough. And that was child’s play. The rough will continue to grow for the next month.
I’ll have a column in tomorrow’s Daily News detailing the state of Torrey Pines and what it will be like when the pros tee it up.

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Merrick, Kim, Stadler in top-10

Anthony Kim (who grew up in Studio City), John Merrick (UCLA) and Kevin Stadler (USC) all shot first-round 70s today to move into a tie for ninth place after the first round of the PLAYERS championship. Kim just won his first PGA Tour event at the Wachovia Championship on Sunday.

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Free golf lessons in May

May is PGA free lesson month. I did this a couple of years ago, and it was quite beneficial. You get a free, 10-minute lesson with participating pros across the country. To find a PGA pro near you who’s participating, go to www.playgolfamerica.com.
I did a search for ten miles within Woodland Hills, and here’s some I found who are partiicpating:
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