Final Round – LPGA Tour – RICOH Women’s British Open –Royal Birkdale – Southport, England –
Mo Martin outlasted Mother Nature and the game’s best players including Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng to capture the RICOH Women’s British Open.
Martin became the third American win to a major championship this season and third first-time major champ this season. Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie also won majors earlier this year.
Martin opened with rounds of 69-69 before a third-round 77 set her back. Heading into Sunday, she was faced with beating the game’s top players and she stepped up despite difficult playing conditions, which caused havoc and high scores.
Trailing most of the round, she rallied to shoot event par and finish 1-under overall.
Pettersen and Feng both shot 3-over-75 Sunday and ended up T-2 at even par for the week, while overnight leader Park – a former Rolex Ranking No. 1 – slipped to a 77.
Park was in position to win starting the day at 4-under, but she made three bogeys on the front side and a double at No. 10. She finished alone in fourth place at 1-over.
Jessica Korda and Angela Stanford logged Top 5 efforts.
For Martin, she was ranked 99th entering the week according to the Rolex Ranking. Her best finish until this week was a T-13 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic
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- Gene Sauers (7-under) takes a three-shot advantage into the final round of the U.S. Senior Open. Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap are his closest pursuers, while several players including Vijay Singh are within five shots.
- Lefty Brian Harman (17-under) leads the John Deere Classic heading into the final round. Harman is looking for his maiden PGA Tour victory and birth into next week’s Open Championship with a win. Steve Stricker, a three-time winner at the John Deere, is a shot back. Past champion Zach Johnson is also in the mix.