Injury behind her, Martin happy to be in the mix again


WOBURN, England – Mo Martin has a tough job ahead Sunday trying to win her second Ricoh Women’s British Open, but she’s beaming with confidence.

“My ball striking, this is the best I’ve ever hit it,” Martin said.

In a frustrating twist of fate, Martin injured her left thumb a week after winning the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale two years ago. With cartilage damage, a dorsal impingement of the thumb joint, she was robbed of the chance to build on her breakthrough. She spent most of the rest of that year struggling with the injury.

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While Martin still bandages up her thumb before rounds, she says it’s just for support now. “For sympathy,” she jokes.

With a 3-under-par 69 Saturday, Martin is in third place at Woburn Golf Club. She’s five shots behind Ariya Jutanugarn.

“It’s just really fun to be in contention again,” Martin said.

Martin says a couple key figures have helped her make her run this week, Jamie Mulligan, who’s helping her with her putting, and Craig Castrale, who picked up her bag as caddie this year.

“My putting is really close to being the best it’s ever been,” she said. “And Craig’s been a really positive influence.”