When Martin talks, her smile
is what her grandfather, Lincoln
Martin, a California rancher who
died in March at the age of 102, might
have called a room brightener. Her
frequent laugh erupts with such joy
and passion it makes everyone in the
“I didn’t really have any expecta-
tions for this week,” Martin said. “I fell in love with the golf
course, and I think anybody who enters the championship is
trying to win it, and so that was definitely the intention. But I
definitely didn’t expect this.”
Only one player broke par at Birkdale—the 5-foot- 2
Martin at one-under 287, one stroke ahead of Pettersen
and Feng and two better than Park, all of whom are major
championship winners and all of whom had a chance to
chase down Mo but failed. Martin beat Pettersen and
Feng by three on Sunday and Park by five. Martin’s final-
round 72 in wind that gusted above 30 miles per hour was
matched only by Anna Nordqvist, who finished T- 12. Lewis
closed with a 78 and Ryu with a 79.
The eagle on the last hole was nearly an albatross, rattling
off the flagstick before settling six feet from the cup and so
rattling Martin she later had no idea how far out she was
when she struck the shot.
“I don’t think I even wrote it down,” she said, fumbling
through her yardage book. “It was definitely a full 3-wood.
Martin’s accomplishment began to sink
in (left) after 54-hole
leader Park (above)
(left) were unable to
match her one-under
total for 72 holes.