Top-ranked Ochoa retires

Lorena Ochoa is retiring, just as Annika Sorenstam did two years ago, leaving the struggling LPGA Tour without its No. 1 player again and depriving the sport of one of its great ambassadors.

Ochoa announced her surprise decision Tuesday and will discuss her plans Friday.

The 28-year-old got married last year, setting off speculation she might be putting golf aside to raise a family. She has been No. 1 in the world the past three years and won 27 times over the past six.

The Mexican newspaper Reforma first reported Ochoa’s retirement and said she wanted to concentrate on her family and her charities.