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Pettersen faces tough field

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HAVRE DE GRACE, Maryland — Suzann Pettersen is looking for a repeat, Lorena Ochoa is searching for history and Annika Sorenstam would like nothing more than to win her last McDonald’s LPGA Championsh­ip.

All three players are at Bull Rock Golf Course this week for the McDonald’s LPG Championsh­ip — the second major of the LPGA season, which starts today.

Pettersen won her first major championsh­ip a year ago when she edged out Carry Webb by one stroke. It was the second year in a row Webb, the 2001 champion, settled for a runner-up finish at the season’s second major.

“It’s of course a great feeling coming back here,” Pettersen said. “I had a really nice win here last year, and it’s just one of those courses where you always feel good coming back to.”

Ochoa should feel good regardless of where she is playing as she enters the event having won the last two majors. But Ochoa has never been much of a factor in the LPGA Championsh­ip, recording her best finish in 2005 when she tied for fifth and finished six strokes behind Sorenstam.

Having already racked up six wins this season, Ochoa is the favourite this week, but she is entering the event after withdrawin­g from the Ginn Tribute. She left the event — hosted by Sorenstam — and returned to Mexico to be with her ailing uncle, who died yesterday morning.

It remains to be seen if Ochoa will be focused and able to put the unfortunat­e situation behind her.

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