At first it was called a retirement, then came a second story that said Lorena Ochoa is taking an indefinite leave. Either way, it's a stunner. The best women's golfer (regardless of what the rankings say on a week to week basis) taking a leave the same year as the top men's golfer.
Ochoa, according to reports, is leaving for a vastly different reason than Tiger Woods did. She reportedly wants to focus on her family and charity work. Ochoa was recently married and has said she would like to start a family. She is known for his philanthropy and her faith.
Remember a story a couple years ago, before she won her first major: She was shooting the breeze with her caddie, who happened to mention that his children never had been baptized. Ochoa made him promise that when she won a major--and assured him a big payday--he would schedule the baptism. She won and he made good on it.
She is better known as an excellent golfer and tough competitor. The LPGA can't afford to lose one of its very few big names, especially not after Annika Sorenstam, one of the greatest women golfers ever, "retired" to start her own family.