Southport, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Mo Martin buried an eagle on the 72nd hole to capture her first career major title at the Women’s British Open Sunday at Royal Birkdale.
“The second shot is one I’m going to remember. I actually heard it hit the flag. I said ‘Oh my God,” said Martin, who edged Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen by one stroke for the crown.
Martin fired an even-par 72 in the final round to finish her campaign with a four-round total of 288 and bag the top purse of $474,575. Anna Nordqvist of Sweden was the only other player who recorded an even-par round Sunday at Royal Birkdale.
Inbee Park settled for fourth while tied for fifth were Jessica Korda, Angela Stanford, Eun-Hee Ji and Julieta Granada, four strokes behind Martin.
Martin was 2-over for the day and 1-over for the championship before her second shot on the par-5 18th ran onto the green and hit the flag stick to head into the clubhouse with a one-stroke lead.
Park opened the day with a three-shot lead at 4-under for the championship but went bogey-bogey on Nos. 10 and 11. Feng held a three-way share of the lead with Martin and Park at 1-under when Martin eagled the last.
Park finished with a 5-over 77 and Feng a 3-over 75. Park was seeking her fifth career major and her fourth win in the last eight major championships, dating back to the 2013 Kraft Nabisco.