2014 Ricoh Women's British Open Champion Mo Martin
Southport, England - This was the stuff dreams are made of. 31 year old Mo Martin, who had never
won on the LPGA Tour, eagled the final hole at Royal Birkdale to post the only under par score for the
championship . . . and it held up. The diminutive American had zero eagles on tour this season, but on
the 72nd hole of the Women's British Open, her perfectly struck 3 wood shot bounced up onto the green
and clanked the flagstick - ending up 6ft away. She poured in the eagle putt, and waited as the final
groups of Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, and Shanshan Feng tried to catch her, but to no avail. On a day
where the conditions were the toughest and nearly everyone was over par, Martin's even par 72
tied the low round of the day.
It's been a journey just to get to the LPGA, Martin spent six years on the developmental Symetra Tour,
where she won three times. Martin's biggest cheerleader, her grandfather, Lincoln - who she was so close
with, passed away in March at 102 years old. In his memory Martin wears a necklace with an "L" around
her neck. She grasped the necklace afterward saying, "I know he is here."
"It's still soaking in, along with the champagne on my jacket", said Martin. "This is just unbelievable. It's
literally a dream come true." A Cinderella story indeed.
Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen finished tied for 2nd at even par.
Colin Montgomerie celebrates his second Senior major of 2014
Edmond, Oklahoma - After going O for 22 years on U.S soil, Colin Montgomerie is now 2 for 3 in
majors in 2014 . . . Senior majors that is. Monty rolled in a 16 foot par putt on the 18th hole - the
third and final hole of an aggregate playoff with 54 hole leader Gene Sauers. Trailing by four to start
the day Monty shot 69, to tie Sauers and force the playoff. Sauers had a chance to win outright in
regulation but missed his 8 foot birdie attempt on the 72nd hole. Sunday was his only round in the 70's
for the week (73).
Monty looks to have gained some perspective in his time away from the main tour. "You know, I
waited 22 years to win over in America, my first major was the U.S Open at Pebble Beach in 1992.
I think I've matured on the golf course. I'm more patient than I was. I think I felt that in majors
when I was contending that I had to play perfect golf, that I had to go out and score 64 - and you
don't. Pars are usually good enough, especially in USGA events."
It has been well documented throughout the week that Sauers had nearly lost his life a few years back,
battling a rare skin illness. It has been a remarkable comeback, and that wasn't lost on Monty who
has dealt with his own struggles and near misses: "To start with the lead- I've had it myself, and it's
not easy. It's tough, but all credit to him for persevering through that illness."
David Frost and Woody Austin finished tied for third at -1
Justin Rose now has back to back wins: at Congressional & Royal Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland - Justin Rose is now the golfer with the Hot hand. Early on it was Jimmy walker,
then German Martin Kaymer. Suddenly, it's Rose who has two big wins on two tough tracks heading
in Hoylake for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
There wasn't much drama in the final round of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen. The Englishman's
flawless 65 (-16) was too much for the field who couldn't match the new world ranked #3.
"I've won two in a row now so I've put the pressure on myself. There's no-one to blame but me. It's
uncharted territory for me, I've never won two in a row before, never mind three. It's unbelievable to be
back in the winners' circle so quickly but right now I am feeling great. I don't feel the two wins have taken
a lot out of me. I feel that I've taken it in my stride. The Open is going to come around quickly so tonight
is going to be calm and relaxed. I will enjoy the moment but my mind will definitely be back in the game as
Last years champion Phil Mickelson, matched Rose's 65, but was too far back to start the day to threaten
the lead, finishing tied 11th at 8 under par. Kristoffer Broberg shot 66 to finish second, two shots back at
Brian Harmon won his first PGA Tour event Sunday at the John Deere Classic
Silvis, Illinois - Brian Harmon didn't waste much time letting the field know that he wanted this one.
On the par 5 second, he stuck his 223 yard approach to 5 feet . . . then rolled in the eagle and never
looked back. Harmon's three birdies on the back sealed the deal at the John Deere Classic to notch
his first PGA Tour victory at TPC Deere Run.
Harmon's final round 66 was enough to finish at 22 under par, and hold off his neighbor and good
friend Zach Johnson who shot a 64 on Sunday (-21).
Johnson praised his Sea Island neighbor, “He’s fierce, there’s not a whole lot of fear there. Might be a
small guy, stature-wise. But there is nothing small about him in his golf game.”
Jerry Kelly and Jhonattan Vegas finished third at -19.
Harmon heads to Hoylake for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.