Martin keeps American major sweep alive


Mo Martin’s victory Sunday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open keeps a sweep of the majors going for American women.

Martin’s victory follows Lexi Thompson’s title at the Kraft Nabisco in April and Michelle Wie’s at the U.S. Women’s Open last month. It marks the first time since 1999 that Americans have won the first three majors in a season.

The Americans will head to the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y., next month looking to win the first four majors of the year for the first time in 22 years. Back in ’92, Dottie Pepper (then Dottie Mochrie), Betsy King, Patty Sheehan and Sherri Steinhauer swept the majors for the Americans.

The USA’s run is notable because going to the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year, the Americans had gone 10 straight majors without winning one, the longest winless spell in women’s major championship history. Stacy Lewis ended the drought, winning at St. Andrews. Americans have now four of the last six majors.