The biggest star on the LPGA will be sitting out 3-5 weeks as she recovers from an injury to her right index finger.
The inaugural International Crown started with eight teams, and ended with the Spanish quartet of Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Carlota Ciganda, and Belen Mozo winning with a dominant performance on Sunday. They swept their singles matches to win by four points over second place Sweden at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Mo Martin hit the shot of her life on the 72nd hole at Royal Birkdale in the RICOH Women’s British Open. Heading into the 18th hole, she trailed the leader at the time, ShanShan Feng, by two shots, but then, Martin placed her drive down the left side of the fairway and struck a perfect 3-wood that rolled up and nearly rolled in for a rare albatross. Instead, the ball ricocheted off the pin to about six feet for eagle. She drained what turned out to be the winning putt for her first major victory (and first win on the LPGA), celebrating with an emphatic fist pump.
I caught up with third-round leader Inbee Park after she fired a four-under 68 in the third round of the RICOH Women’s British Open. It happened to be her birthday! — what a great way to celebrate with a superb round.
Park is vying for the career Grand Slam. She captured the first three majors of the season in 2013 and also won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008.
Check out my feature that aired on Fox Sports Asia, previewing the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale and the American resurgence this season, not to mention interviews with world no. 1 Stacy Lewis and reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie, who reveals a fun fact.
For world no. 1 Stacy Lewis, there are six majors in women’s golf — along with the five Grand Slam events, there’s also the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. With the event at Pinnacle Golf Club being only a twenty-minute drive from the University of Arkansas, where she spent five years playing an esteemed college career, Lewis felt added pressure competing in her adopted state.
World no. 2 Inbee Park shot the best round of the year to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada. The 10-under 61 gave Park a three-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr, and momentum heading into the U.S. Women’s Open in a couple weeks.
Once again, Michelle Wie is near the top of the leaderboard at an LPGA event. Wie is at 10-under total, one-stroke off the lead held by Shanshan Feng and Hee Young Park at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada.
On Thursday the LPGA and PGA of America announced a partnership to rebrand and form a new major championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which will replace the Wegmans LPGA Championship, starting in 2015.