After a windy day at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in the United Kingdom, it was American star Mo Martin who stole the show and won the 2014 Women’s British Open in dramatic fashion with a score of even-par 72 on Sunday.
This was Martin’s first win on the LPGA Tour and was a direct result of an amazing shot she landed on the 18th hole. Not only did she hit the pin with her drive, but she also managed to sink the putt and earned an eagle for her trouble.
Golf writer Adam Stanley shared the huge moment:
Martin finished the event as the only player in red numbers at one-over par overall. No player finished under par on Day 4.
The official Twitter of the RICOH Women’s British Open talked about just how windy it was and how hard the course played for the players:
China’s Shanshan Feng and Norwegian Suzann Pettersen finished second at even par after shooting 75 on Sunday, and South Korea’s Inbee Park finished fourth at one-over par.
|2014 Women's British Open Final Leaderboard|
|Position||Player||Round 4 Score||Overall|
|T9||Sun Ju Ahn||+7||+4|
Full leaderboard can be found via LPGAScoring.com
While Martin will certainly be the talk of the tournament for her momentous victory, the playing conditions had a huge effect on the field Sunday.
After a Day 3 that featured multiple players finishing the round under par, the wind that hadn’t been an issue for much of the tournament reared its ugly head and forced scores to skyrocket on Day 4. Overall, 13 players were under par for the tournament entering Sunday, but Royal Birkdale bit back.
American star Stacy Lewis was one of the players who suffered most from the treacherous conditions. The defending tournament champion entered the final day tied for seventh, but she shot a 78 and finished the event five-over par.
One of the biggest stars on tour is Paula Creamer, but she shot a 76 on Sunday and ended up finishing seven shots over par.
This was an incredibly disappointing effort from Creamer and she acknowledged the struggles:
Another American star who faltered was the young Lexi Thompson. After shooting a 75 on Day 4, she walks away from the women’s British Open with a final score of 14-over par. The 19-year-old player may be disappointed by the outcome, but the experience of making it to the weekend will help her in the future.
Now that the 2014 Women’s British Open is complete, the top players in the sport will turn their attention to the next major on the schedule: the Wegmans LPGA Championship from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17.
Park won the 2013 edition of the LPGA Championship and will look to build off the momentum she created at Royal Birkdale this weekend. Look for Feng and Pettersen to bounce back as well.
After such an intriguing end to the tournament, all eyes will be on the LPGA Tour as the players head toward the LPGA Championship and September’s The Evian Championship.
The men's British Open begins Thursday, but it will be hard to match the competition seen this week on the women's side.
*Stats via LPGAScoring.com.