Ochoa ties for 22nd in Lacoste Ladies Open, Keating wins second in a row

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"I am happy. It was really a good week," said Lorena Ochoa, who just missed a top-20 finish.
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Published: Sunday, October 07, 2012 | 7:09 p.m.

SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ, France -- Stacey Keating secured back-to-back victories on the Ladies European Tour Sunday by coming from three shots down to win the Lacoste Ladies Open at Chantaco Golf Club.

Keating, an Australian whose victory last time out in Tenerife was her first on the LET, began the final day trailing leader Diana Luna of Italy by three, but a 6-under-par round of 64 was enough to recover for victory, one ahead of Luna.

Hannah Jun of the United States and Azahara Munoz of Spain shared third place, while Lorena Ochoa of Mexico, the former world No. 1 who came out of retirement for this event as a favor to Lacoste, her clothing sponsor, finished in a tie for 22nd.

"I am happy. It was really a good week," said Ochoa, who ended up at 1 under par after a final-round 70. "I did make a few mistakes and had trouble a little bit on the greens. I was frustrated today, you know, I have to say that, but at the same time, I need to be happy. I am here just to enjoy it. This is more like an exhibition for me.

"I love to see that the European Tour is growing so much," added Ochoa, who was returning to Europen for the first time in two years and who now has an infant son. "You can see that now it's a really global tour, they play in so many different countries and travel so much and they have players from so many different countries and that's really positive for the game.

Keating, 26, was quick out of the blocks with four birdies in a row from the second to catch Luna. Luna then made four straight birdies from the fifth to get to 15 under but dropped a shot on 10, opening the door again. After Keating bogeyed the 13th, Luna was two clear, but Keating birdied 14, 16 and 17 to move one ahead with a hole to play.

Keating thought she'd blown it when she bogeyed 18, but then watched Luna do the same, missing a five-foot par putt that would have forced a playoff.

Luna received the trophy in the presence of Ochoa, her idol, and victorious European Ryder Cup Captain Jose María Olazabal, who lives only a few miles away from the course, which is in far southwestern France.

"Ten years ago my dream was to meet Lorena Ochoa, so standing here is unbelievable so thank you to Lorena for playing in this event," said Keating. "I think Europe's win in the Ryder Cup also deserves a round of applause!"