Ochoa comes out of retirement to win $1.28 million in China exhibition

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Lorena Ochoa says winning the big check in China isn't enough to make her come out of retirement for good.
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Published: Sunday, October 31, 2010 | 12:46 p.m.

Lorena Ochoa came out of retirement long enough to make $1.28 million with her two-shot victory Sunday over European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie in the pro-celebrity Star Trophy at Mission Hills. Her winner's check was bigger than any other awarded around the globe on Sunday, including at the PGA Tour's CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.

Ochoa, the Mexican star who retired last year at the top of her game, had rounds of 71-71 to earn the winner-take-all check. Montgomerie was penalized two shots after his caddie moved a sign on the 16th hole.

Ochoa says the exhibition victory isn’t enough to make her consider coming out of retirement. She says she’s going to go back to Mexico “really happy.”

Candie Kung and Hong Kong celebrity Eric Tsang won the team competition.

The field included Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam and Nick Faldo, along with celebrities Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Grant, Michael Phelps and Matthew McConaughey.