Mighty Mo Makes Hay
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/14/14
Melissa Linda "Mo" Martin pulled "an Annika" on Sunday — her first LPGA Tour victory came at a major championship. The 31-year-old native of southern California broke through on Sunday to win the Ricoh Women's British Open, shooting 69-69-77-72 to defeat China's Shanshan Feng and Norway's Suzann Pettersen by one stroke at Royal Birkdale.
Martin was the only golfer to finish better than par. (Perhaps USGA exec Mike Davis set up the course?)
She made it to the LPGA Tour the old fashioned way: She eaaaaarned it.
After graduating from UCLA in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology, Martin turned pro and made her way to the LPGA Futures Tour (currently known as the Symetra Tour). Following three wins on the LPGA's minor-league circuit, she earned her card in 2012.
Interestingly, the first few comments of Pettersen explained best why Martin won:
"Mo is a steady player on the LPGA. Maybe not the longest, but on a course like this, you don't have to be. It's more about being precise and getting the short game sharp. So she must have played her game out, because we all tried to chase her down. We saw she was 1‑under in the clubhouse with three to go, and you know you've got to nail those three holes. It's never a bad thing to post a good number in the clubhouse. We tried our hardest but fell short.”
Surely, The Wedge Guy — Terry Koehler — will be proud when he sees and hears how "Mo" got her first lessons in golf.
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Image via Ricoh Women's British Open
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joe jones says:
Has to be the shot of the year.I hope this isn't one of those one shot stories where the player does something spectacular, never to be heard of again but if thats the case Mo would have a hard time living up to the event. I hope she has good advisors so she can set some endorsements that will give her some financial benefit.
I watched a fair amount of the Women's Open this weekend. It was a very unlikely outcome. She must have forgotten to read the script where she fades into obscurity after having the 36 hole lead.
I have to tip my hat to Ms. Martin for hanging tough down the stretch. It would have been easy to make a half-hearted attempt at that 6 foot eagle putt but she jarred it with authority.
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