Lexi Thompson, winner of the 2014 Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Moves to Mexico City

If you’re one of those LPGA fans who had convulsions last year when television coverage of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational got mired in the political and technological tar pit, fret no more.  We’ll be able to watch Lexi Thompson defend her title at the 2014 event.  With her usual panache, Lorena Ochoa has successfully negotiated a change of venue and secured the governmental support necessary to ensure appropriate media coverage.

The mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera Espinoza, announced that Mexico City will host the seventh edition of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational golf tournament for 2014.

Mancer Espinoza, who was joined by Lorena Ochoa, said the 2014 edition gives the City an opportunity to highlight a “City in peace, that welcomes athletes, in this case women who play golf from all over the world to come here and get to know our City and all it has to offer in cuisine, culture, everything that a friendly city like Mexico City has to offer.”

Lorena Ochoa, a Guadalajara native, highlighted the importance this event has in the golf world:

This event is not only the most important event Mexico City hosts but the most important event our country hosts because when we welcome the world’s 36 best golfers it becomes one of the main events on a worldwide scale and on the LPGA Tour and for me it’s a pleasure being in a better place for the event such as the capital.

The tournament, which will take place November 13- 16, 2014 and will take place annually through 2016 at the Club de Golf Mexico, has a worldwide impact as it is broadcast in over 160 countries around the world.

One of the other highlights of the event is that it awards points toward the Rolex Rankings giving Mexican competitors the chance to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Ochoa suggested that Mexican pro golfers Alejandra Llaneza and Margarita Ramos as well as Mexican amateur Gaby Lopez, could potentially earn spots on the Mexican golf team for the Rio Olympic games.

For the 2014 edition, Ochoa, the host, will only compete in the Pro-Am. However, she committed to train so that in 2015 she could play and participate in all 4 days of play.

If you’re thinking about a fall vacation to a sunny, picturesque destination, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational might be a good bet.  Mexico City is a wonderfully exciting destination and after the tournament, from Mexico City you can easily get to San Miguel de Allende and enjoy the mountains or you can slip off to the Yucatan for some Caribbean relaxation.

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