Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, the world's top-ranked golfer from 2007 to 2010, said she will return to the sport to play a professional event in France from Oct. 4-7.
In a statement, Ochoa expressed her gratitude to the organizers of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France and her excitement to participate in that competition prior to playing in her own tournament - the Lorena Ochoa Invitational - from Nov. 8-11 in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara.
The retired golfing great, No. 1 on the LPGA Tour from April 23, 2007, until April 26, 2010, received an invitation from tournament organizers.
Ochoa also announced that in September she will play an exhibition event in Norway with LPGA Tour players Yani Tseng and Suzann Pettersen and retired Swedish golfing legend Annika Sorenstam.
The Mexican, who won 27 LPGA Tour events and recorded two Major victories, retired from professional golf at the age of 28 to devote herself to her family and her foundation.
Her last tournament before retirement was the Tres Marias event in the Mexican city of Morelia from April 29 to May 2, 2010.
She said at the time that she would continue to play her home event and would leave the door open to playing other tournaments as well. EFE