Altvater: All three 2014 LPGA major champions in field at Marathon ClassicWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The LPGA Tour is making its annual stop in Northwest Ohio for the Marathon Classic this week at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania and is hosting one of the best fields outside of a major championship.
All three winners of the LPGA Tour’s major championships are in the field this week at the Marathon Classic.
U.S. Women’s Open Champion Michelle Wie and Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Lexi Thompson are here along with world Nos. 1 and 2, Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko.
The lady professionals are one week removed from their third major championship of the year with first-time LPGA Tour winner Mo Martin hoisting the Ricoh Women’s British Open Trophy.
Martin is also in the field this week in the Marathon Classic and is taking her huge win last Sunday in stride.
She addressed the media July 15 and seemed to accept the fact that she is now a major winner as just another day at the office.
Martin made one of the most miraculous shots in LPGA Tour history on Sunday at Royal Birkdale on the 72nd hole. She hit a perfect 3-wood 257 yards and nearly holed it for an albatross (double-eagle). After it clanked off the flagstick, she calmly rolled in the six-foot putt for the eage-3 and posted a one-under-par total for the rest of the field to match or beat.
Here is her description of that unbelievable shot:
“The lie was downhill with a little bit of left to right in it. There was quite a bit of downwind in it. It was going to be a perfect 3-wood and I aimed that shot far left and just committed to that line with a little bit of a draw. When I hit it, I executed it exactly as I wanted to. I was happy with that.
“I thought it was going to be too much actually and started telling it to go. It was just looking better and better and I heard it hit the pin. I couldn’t believe it. It was such a good result. I did everything I could to put the best swing on it I could and it worked out better than I thought.”
That might be the understatement of the year for Martin. She spent six years toiling on the Symetra Tour before making it to the LPGA Tour and was a solid professional at best with no wins and very few top-10 finishes in her three years on tour.
That one shot will change her life forever.
Former major winners Suzann Pettersen, Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng all had chances to catch Martin, but no one could.
Even though she finished one hour before the leaders, she was crowned the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a host of her LPGA Tour buddies drowning her in champagne and congratulating her on the 18th green.
Mo Martin is only 5’2” and barley 100 pounds, but she is a fighter and lived up to her nickname “Mighty Mo” at Royal Birkdale last week.
While the rest of the field struggled in the heavy winds, Martin prevailed and will be forever known as a major champion.
The top women golfers in the world will bring that excitement and charisma to Highland Meadows this week at the Marathon Classic.
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