Martin (72) plays through thumb pain, goes for MRI


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Mo Martin played through discomfort Thursday in her bid to win back-to-back major championships.

With her sprained left thumb wrapped in a bandage, Martin opened with an even-par 72. Though she’s feeling pain with shots, she felt good about the support the wrap gave her after visiting the LPGA trainers before her round.

“What I didn’t want to do is increase the injury,” Martin said. “Stabilizing it helped. The last thing I want to do is to make this a season-long injury.”

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Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open last month for her first LPGA title. She said the hard turf at that championship might have contributed to the injury, which she said is the result of overuse more than it is one particular shot.

Martin left the course after her round to see an orthopedic specialist and have an MRI to make sure she isn’t dealing with anything more than a sprain.