Mo Martin got through the airports on her way home from winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open without being recognized, she thinks.
“Somebody was kind of staring at me, but I’m not sure if that’s because I had a ton of luggage and looked ridiculous,” Martin said Tuesday, after arriving for the LPGA’s Marathon Oil Classic in suburban Toledo, Ohio.
Martin also got in and out of a Kroger’s supermarket Tuesday morning in Toledo without being recognized, but it’s a different story within the game’s ranks. Her breakthrough victory at Royal Birkdale is being embraced by her peers and legends alike.
“I was delivered a letter from Arnold Palmer at breakfast, saying `Way to go! Great one to pick up for your first victory,’” Martin said. “It was unexpected and pretty darn cool.”
Martin took all of Monday to get back in the United States, not arriving in Toledo until midnight. Her new, elevated status is clear in the tee time she got this week at the Marathon Classic. She’ll be going off the first two rounds with Michelle Wie and So Yeon Ryu, fellow major championships winners.
Martin, 31, a third year LPGA member who spent six years toiling on the Symetra Tour before getting her chance, was asked how she will deal with the expectations that come with winning a major.
“It’s definitely going to be another challenge,” Martin said. “I’m sure there is going to be a learning curve, like there is with everything. This is clearly a first for me in my life. I’ll just focus on what I know from the past . . . I think something beautiful with this game is you’ve got to prove yourself every day. So, that’s not going to change no matter what I did or didn’t do.”