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Pain-free Martin trying to recreate last year's British

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TURNBERRY, Scotland – Mo Martin is looking to reconstruct all the mojo that helped her win the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year.

Before winning at Royal Birkdale, Martin invited her mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law and nephew to spend the week with her at her home in Naples, Fla. As part of her preparation to defend her title at Trump Turnberry this week, she invited them back last week.

Basically, they tried to recreate all the fun they had last year, from going to the beach to shopping at the local outlet malls to eating Mo’s favorite meals.

“We had to cook her lucky chicken dinner again,” said Linda, Mo’s mother. “Chicken breast with special seasoning, with green beans and yams, cooked just the way she likes it. It’s one of her favorite meals.”

With Martin’s thumb finally feeling healed, she’s also hoping to recreate the brilliant shot making that helped her win last year.

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In a frustrating epilog to her victory last year, she injured her left thumb a week after the Women’s British Open. She got diagnoses ranging from a ligament sprain to cartilage damage, before finally learning it was actually a “dorsal impingement.” It bothered her the rest of the year, making it difficult to build on the momentum she created at Royal Birkdale. She ended up changing her grip, shortening her thumb on the club shaft, and using specially made splints to help her fight through the pain.

Martin reports that she’s feeling much better now, though she’s still playing with a splint that her physical therapist, Mo Herman, specially designed.

“She must have come up with 30 different models for me, splints that would allow me to play pain free,” Martin said. “I owe her so much. Now, I’m pain free. It’s precautionary at this point.”