Martin eagles 18 to win Women's British Open


Mo Martin made eagle on the 72nd hole to win the 2014 Women's British Open and claim her first career major. Here's how it all ended in the whipping winds of Royal Birkdale:

Leaderboard: Mo Martin (-1), Shanshan Feng (E), Suzann Pettersen (E), Inbee Park (+1), 

What it means: Martin, the 36-hole leader, started the day three back following a Saturday 77. She ended up one of only two players who did not finish her final round over par, with an even 72. Martin was 2 over for the day and 1 over for the championship before her second shot on the par-5 18th ran onto the green and hit the flag stick. Martin made her eagle putt to get into the clubhouse at 1 under, with then-co-leaders Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng still twisting in the wind. Martin, 99th in the Rolex World Rankings, had only one prior top-10 finish in an LPGA event in her last three years on tour and had yet to win. Her lead through two rounds was her first lead of any kind in an LPGA event and her three at the last was her first eagle of the year. Martin's victory also extends a string of success for American women in major championships this year, following Lexi Thompson's win at the Kraft Nabisco and Michelle Wie's breakthrough as the U.S. Open.

Round of the day: Martin looked as if she would struggle again, with bogeys at Nos. 1 and 5. But she rebounded with a birdie at the sixth and proceeded to play her final 11 holes with nine pars, one bogey and, of course, one eagle. Anna Nordqvist of Sweden was the only other player who managed to play Royal Borkdale at even par Sunday with a 72 of her own. Nordqvist was was actually 3 over through two holes before closing with three birdies and 13 pars to finish 5 over for the championship, in a tie for 12th place.

Best of the rest: It's tough to pick anything out, considering everyone else in the field was over par, but 50-year-old Laura Davies and 20-year-old amateur both managed 1-over-par 73s. Three decades apart - that's golf for you.

Biggest disappointment: Park opened the day with a three-shot lead at 4-under for the championship and gave it all away. She made the turn only 1 over for the round before going double boegy-bogey on Nos. 10 and 11. Feng held a three-way share of the lead with Martin and Park at 1 under when Martin eagled the last, but promptly made bogey on 16, ending a string of eight straight pars. Park and Feng entered the last two holes, both par 5s, needing just a birdie to tie Martin and force a playoff. Instead, Feng parred out and Park's errant drive on the final hole resulted in a bogey. Park finished with a 5-over 77 and Feng a 3-over 75. Park was seeking her fifth career major and her fourth win in the last eight major championships, dating back to the 2013 Kraft Nabisco. Pettersen actually did birdie the final two holes but could only get within one shot of the champion.

Shot of the day: What else? Martin's second at the 72nd.

Quote of the day: "The second shot is one I'm going to remember. I actually heard it hit the flag. I said 'Oh my God.'" - Martin