Former world number one Lorena Ochoa makes a limited return to professional golf this week when she tees up in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Chantaco Golf Club in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine, France, on the Ladies European Tour from October 4-7.
The 30-year-old Mexican was No.1 for three years and won two majors and 27 tour victories before retiring from full-time golf in April 2010 to focus on her family and charities.
In this interview, Lorena discusses her reasons for playing in France.
Lorena, what brought you to Chantaco to play the Lacoste Ladies Open de France this week?
It's an easy answer. Having Lacoste as a sponsor, they asked me to come and play the tournament. They asked me actually last year and I couldn't because I was pregnant so I said, no, it would be too difficult for me. I prefer to wait for next year. Here I am and I'm very happy to support the tournament. They've been very good to me being my sponsor for so long so I'm happy to be here.
What do you think of the Chantaco golf course?
I played the golf course about four years ago when I came to play an exhibition so I remember some of the holes and how the course it. I like it. I think it's difficult, some of the greens are really undulated and quick greens so it's going to be an interesting week.
How do you feel about your chances of success here?
I'm going to try my best. I don't practise anymore and I'm very relaxed in Mexico. My life is very different right now so I'm just going to try my best and have a good week and enjoy the crowd and the kids, if they come to watch us. I promise to do my best!
Your son, Pedro is here.
Yes, nine months old. He is coming tomorrow.
Will he be a golfer?
Maybe! We wait! I promise that I will teach him but then after that he can do whatever he wants.
How do you feel about playing in a professional tournament again?
I'm excited because it's a good opportunity for me to be able to play in a regular tournament and see how it goes. I'm not going to put pressure on myself because I don't practice anymore. My life is very different so be relaxed and try to smile out there. If I make a mistake I will be easy on myself and I think it should be okay. I think I'm going to do okay.
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