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Mo Better? Mo Martin

Fantastic showing by Mo Martin at the 2014 Women's British Open: A win - her first victory on the LPGA Tour.

Martin entered the week leading the LPGA Tour in driving accuracy. Turns out, that's a great strength to have in your game if you're hearing to a links course whose heather rough has grown tall and thick! And that's what the players faced at Royal Birkdale. Very tough conditions throughout the week.

But Martin, keeping her ball in those fairways, shot 69-69 in the first two rounds. A third-round 77 knocked her back a bit, but in the final round the thick, penal rough had company with strong winds and that combo caused scores to skyrocket. Martin's final-round 72 was one of the best of the day, and she won by one stroke.

Martin was 53rd on the LPGA money list entering the WBO, and 99th in the world rankings. She turned pro in 2006 after a successful collegiate career at UCLA. Mo played the Futures Tour through the 2011 season, and won three times. She made it onto the LPGA through the Futures Tour money list.

In 2012, Martin finished 63rd on the LPGA money list and in 2013 she was 46th. So while a first-time winner is always a bit of a surprise at a major, her WBO victory didn't come out of nowhere: Martin has been on an upward climb, and had the game perfectly suited for this week's Royal Birkdale.

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