Tracker: Mo Martin wins Women's British Open
Sunday, July 13, 2014
With an eagle at the 18th hole, Mo Martin got to the clubhouse early at 1 under and watched her score stand up as Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen could not catch her – Martin winning the Women's British Open.
PHOTOS: Women's British Open, Sunday's final round
See the action, emotion and scenery of Sunday's final round of the 2014 Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Recap the final-round action right here – and also scroll down for our previous coverage:
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Update #23: 12:18 p.m. EDT
Two shots, one must fall. Suzann Pettersen hits first and is pin high but about 3 feet left – a fine shot but not enough this time. Inbee Park is farther off the mark and Mo Martin is the 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open champion. Park makes bogey to finish fourth at 1 over and Pettersen makes birdie to finish T-2 at even par.
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Update #22: 12:11 p.m. EDT
Inbee Park misses the fairway at the last, likely reducing her to trying for a birdie that would force a playoff with leader Mo Martin. Park's second shot from the right rough finds the left rough and barely misses a bunker. Her third shot then finds the right-front bunker, leaving her to try to hole out to keep her hopes alive.
Pettersen's approach finds the same bunker and she'll also need to hole out if she's to catch Martin.
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Update #21: 12:04 p.m. EDT
Shanshan Feng gets out of the bunker with her third shot at the 18th and onto the green, but short of the hole and leaving a sizeable par attempt – which runs past on the left side. She is left to tap in for par and a 75 that ends her Women's British Open week at even par.
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Update #20: 11:59 a.m. EDT
Shanshan Feng pars the 17th to steady herself, but needs a birdie at the last to get into a playoff with leader Mo Martin – or an eagle like Martin's could give Feng a win. Feng hits a great drive but finds a greenside bunker with her second shot.
Inbee Park, who started the round with a one-shot lead, pars the 17th to remain one back of Martin. Suzann Pettersen birdies the 17th to pull within two of the lead; an eagle at the last could get her into a playoff.
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Update #19: 11:30 a.m. EDT
Inbee Park gives herself a birdie look at the 15th but misses high and long, settling for par to remain one shot back of Shanshan Feng and Mo Martin.
Feng then bogeys the 16th after missing her second shot long, falling into a tie for second as Martin assumes the lead.
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Update #18: 11:21 a.m. EDT
Mo Martin described her crucial second shot on the final hole en route to an eagle for 72 that has her tied for the lead with Shanshan Feng.
"I had hit it up that left side and let it feed a little bit right, so just committing to my line there, and the strategy my caddie Kyle and I had all week – and then the second shot there was one I'm always going to remember.
"This was a full 3-wood, it was off a little bit of a left-to-right lie, which let it feed. At this point I'm saying, 'Sit,' and then I said, 'Go,' and then I said I don't know what else to say – and then I actually heard it hit the flag."
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Update #17: 11:14 a.m. EDT
Inbee Park bogeys the 14th, her fifth of the day to go with a double bogey and three birdies, as she drops to third and even par.
Shanshan Feng pars the 15th to remain tied for the lead with Mo Martin at 1 under.
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Update #16: 11:09 a.m. EDT
Reaching the par-5 18th in two, and sticking it close at that as the ball bounded off the flagstick, Mo Martin finishes with eagle to rise into a share of the lead at 1 under alongside Shanshan Feng and Inbee Park. Martin wraps up an even-par 72.
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Update #15: 10:58 a.m. EDT
A bogey at the 11th drops Inbee Park behind Shanshan Feng, but a birdie at the 13th pulls Park into a tie for the lead again. Feng has run seven straight pars together to remain 1 under. They're two shots clear of Julieta Granada and Mo Martin.
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Update #14: 10:34 a.m. EDT
Laura Davies has the low number in the clubhouse, 4 over for the week after a birdie-bogey-par-birdie finish.
Laura Davies told the BBC she hoped wind would gust hard for leaders. "I'm nasty like that," she said, laughing. Dame LD has clubhouse lead.— Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols) July 13, 2014
Davies' first threat to leader-in-the-clubhouse status is Jessica Korda, who's 3 over through 16.
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Update #13: 10:19 a.m. EDT
To start the back nine, Inbee Park makes double bogey and falls into a tie with Shanshan Feng at 1 under. Suzann Pettersen makes bogey to slip to T-3 with Sun Ju Ahn at even par. Mo Martin and Amelia Lewis are T-5 at 1 over.
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Update #12: 10:02 a.m. EDT
Leader Inbee Park makes the turn in 1-over 36 thanks to a birdie at No. 9 that puts her two shots ahead of Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen. Park made it clear Saturday she wants to make up for last year, when she won the season's first three majors before a disappointing week at the Women's British cost her a shot at a Grand Slam.
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Update #11: 9:53 a.m. EDT
Sun Ju Ahn makes the turn at even par for the tournament, 3 over for her round with back-to-back double bogeys at Nos. 1-2 and a birdie at No. 5. She's T-4 and two back of leader Inbee Park, the margin by which she trailed at the end of the third round after a penalty for building a stance in a bunker.
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Update #10: 9:43 a.m. EDT
Leader Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen follow their birdies at the sixth with pars at the seventh and bogeys at the eighth, the lead remaining a shot as Shanshan Feng is again tied for second with Pettersen.
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Update #9: 9:27 a.m. EDT
Anna Nordqvist moves up 20 spots as she signs for the day's low score so far, a 72, to rise to T-18 at 5 over. Paula Creamer, for quite some time today the only player not over par for the round, is T-18 as well and 2 over for her round with two to play.
Wind gusts have reached as high as 30 mph today, while there's been rain as well.
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Update #8: 9:12 a.m. EDT
And just like that, Inbee Park reclaims the lead with a birdie at No. 6 while Shanshan Feng bogeys No. 7.
Suzann Pettersen also birdies No. 6 to pass Feng and move back into second.
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Update #7: 9:07 a.m. EDT
Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5-6 enable Shanshan Feng to catch Inbee Park at 2 under. Feng is looking for her second major win.
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Update #6: 8:58 a.m. EDT
World No. 1 Stacy Lewis falls four shots back as her third bogey of the day comes at the seventh hole and drops her to T-10 at 2 over.
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Update #5: 8:49 a.m. EDT
Leader Inbee Park's margin again is one shot as she bogeys No. 4 to slip to 2 under for the week. Suzann Pettersen has three pars since her opening double bogey to remain 1 under.
Shanshan Feng's first birdie of the day comes at No. 5 and ends a string of three straight bogeys as she gets back to 1 under, T-2 with Pettersen.
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Update #4: 8:40 a.m. EDT
Emma Talley of the Alabama Crimson Tide will head home with low-amateur honors, finishing birdie-par to wrap up a 73 that's the low number of the day so far.
Talley, among the players who writes a player's diary for Golfweek, heads in T-23 at 6 over – three shots ahead of Georgia Hall, the only other amateur to make the cut.
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Update #3: 8:34 a.m. EDT
Inbee Park's lead grows to two shots as she pars the third to remain 3 under and Shanshan Feng bogeys Nos. 2-4 to drop to even par and T-3 with Mo Martin. Suzann Pettersen is second at 1 under.
Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5-6 enabled Paula Creamer to make the turn at even par, where she's remained through 14 holes.
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Update #2: 8:12 a.m. EDT
Leader Inbee Park's first bogey of the day comes at No. 2 as her lead again is one shot. She's 3 under, with Shanshan Feng one back and Suzann Pettersen at 1 under – all at least 1 over for the day already.
Several players who started the day under par at Royal Birkdale are now over par for the week before reaching the turn, including Stacy Lewis, Charley Hull, Beatriz Recari and So Yeon Ryu.
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Update #1: 8:05 a.m. EDT
Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng start their day with pars as Park maintains her one-shot lead. Feng then bogeys the second to drop to 2 under for the week,
Suzann Pettersen opens the day with double bogey to slip to 1 under.
Even par is the best anyone can muster for the day at this point, with Paula Creamer also even through 10. The best score posted is a 74, by four players including Belen Mozo.
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PHOTOS: 2014 Women's British Open, Saturday
Check out images from the third round of the 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.
Inbee Park came to the Women's British Open completely under the radar, but said she didn’t mind -- it shows as she leads after three rounds at Royal Birkdale.
Korea’s Sun-Ju Ahn got a harsh lesson when she was penalized in light of Rule 13-3, Building Stance, during the third round of the $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Charley Hull moved into contention Saturday at the Ricoh Women's British Open, carding nine birdies and posting a 6-under 66 in the third round at Royal Birkdale.
Inbee Park shot 4-under 68 and took advantage of Sun Ju Ahn's two-shot penalty to grab the 54-hole lead Saturday at the Ricoh Women's British Open.
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PHOTOS: 2014 Women's British Open, Friday
Check out images from the second round of the 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.
They say the cream rises in major championships. The $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale is doing its best to disprove that old adage. Among the notables limping out of Southport after missing the 6-over-par cut are Michelle Wie, Karrie Webb, Yani Tseng, Stephanie Meadow, Na Yeon Choi, Catriona Matthew, Se Ri Pak and Caroline Hedwall, as well as Cristie Kerr after a WD – all potential winners at the start of the week. In their place we have Mo Martin, So Yeon Ryu, Beatriz Recari, Julieta Granada and Sun-Ju Ahn.
There’s a plaque on the 16th hole at Royal Birkdale that commemorates the massive strike Arnold Palmer took from a bush with a 6-iron to win the 1961 Open Championship. Michelle Wie came to the par-4 16th Friday sitting on the cut line and hit a 2-iron into that bush. The frantic search that followed was reminiscent of what happened a few weeks ago on the 16th at Pinehurst.
Safe to say few people would’ve seen this coming from Beatriz Recari. The last, and likely only time, the media have gathered around the Spaniard this season came three weeks ago at Pinehurst when she played a practice round alongside 11-year-old Lucy Li. Everyone wanted to know what she thought of the kid. On a calm, sunny day in Southport, Recari found the spotlight herself with a smooth 5-under 67, the lowest round so far this week at Royal Birkdale.
Anyone thinking about chasing a dream should read Karen Stupples’ story. She’s proof that dreams can come true. “It’s been a hell of a journey,” Stupples said as she brought her career to an end after an 81 to miss the cut in the $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open. It’s not the way she wanted to bow out of her home open, but she did so with pride. Whatever the affable English woman does in the future, she’ll always be introduced as 2004 Women’s British Open champion.
On a day when many big names struggled – Stacy Lewis shot 74, Lexi Thompson carded a 77 and Michelle Wie missed the cut after a second-round 78 – Mo Martin shot her second straight 3-under 69 to grab a three-shot lead at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Martin made just two bogeys Friday at Royal Birkdale, at Nos. 11 and 12, and is now 6 under overall. Beatriz Recari shot 67 while So Yeon Ryu carded a 70 as they both moved to 3 under for the championship.
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PHOTOS: 2014 Women's British Open, Thursday
Check out images from the first round of the 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.
Stacy Lewis began her title defense Thursday at the Ricoh Women's British Open by carding a first-round 1-under 71 at Royal Birkdale – and as usual, she did it with longtime caddie Travis Wilson on the bag.
Charley Hull, Britain’s main hope of becoming the first home winner of the Women’s British Open since Catriona Matthew in 2009, trails after a rough start at Royal Birkdale led to a 1-over 73.
Defending champion Stacy Lewis carded a 1-under 71 Thursday during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open. Yet, it was Ayako Uehara who shot three shots better than Lewis and posted a 68 at Royal Birkdale.
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Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis spend plenty of time together off the course, but it is the pushing of each other on the course that is paying major dividends for them, and for the LPGA.
With the Solheim Cup loss in 2013 fresh in their minds, Americans have taken women's golf by storm, with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie winning the year's first two majors.
Catriona Matthew, 44, is not only competing with the young guns at this week's Ricoh Women's British Open, but also managing to maintain a solid family life with husband Graeme and daughters Katie and Sophie.
Stephanie Meadow was a standout in the classroom at Alabama the last four years, but her game is getting all the attention now after her third-place finish at the U.S. Women's Open and qualifying for this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.
Few things on tour are more entertaining than a Laura Davies interview, and on Wednesday she dished out a few gems while being honored as a new member of Royal Birkdale, site of her only Women’s British title, in 1986.
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