Martin battling thumb injury at Wegmans, status unclear


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Mo Martin finished her pro-am in pain Wednesday at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and was uncertain if she will be ready to play Thursday in a bid to win back-to-back majors.

Martin, who withdrew from the Meijer Classic in Michigan last week, said she was disheartened hitting balls on the range before the pro-am round.

“I was really sad, because it hurt more than it did yesterday,” Martin said. “Unfortunately, it’s going in the wrong direction. Today, it was very painful.”

Martin completed all 18 holes of her pro-am round, as courtesy to the pro-am team signed up to play with the reigning Ricoh Women’s British Open champion, but she didn’t hit a lot of shots with the pain worsening.

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“This morning, I was 85-percent sure I was going to play, but it’s not definite now,” Martin said. “I’d like to get more opinions about what’s wrong. It doesn’t feel like it’s getting any better.”

Martin saw a doctor and had X-rays of the joint after withdrawing from the Meijer Classic. She was told the injury was only a sprain, probably from overuse, and that she required ice, heat and rest. She was headed to the LPGA physio trailer after Wednesday's pro-am round.

“It’s very frustrating,” Martin said. “I’m bummed. I’d love to give it a go this week, but I don’t want to start compensating with my swing because of the pain. I just don’t know if the thumb is ready.”

Martin is scheduled to tee off at 8:21 a.m. Thursday.