Vikki Laing comes up short as Mighty Mo triumphs

Mo Martin. Vikki Laing in action, below
Mo Martin. Vikki Laing in action, below
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Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing, the only Scot to make the cut, shot a disappointing 80 in the final round and described her week at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Birkdale as “up and down”.

It was easy to pick out the highlight – an albatross two at the 17th in a second round 68.

But there were also too many big numbers, including a quadruple-bogey seven at the short 12th in her eight over par final round.

Laing finished on 16 over par and was finished hours before American Mo Martin claimed the title. A tie for 62nd place earned her £3235.

Martin was a shock winner. But the 31-year-old from Pasadena in California produced the shot of a blustery final round – a three wood second at the 472-yard 18th that hit the pin and spun six feet away.

She holed the putt for an eagle three, posted a round of 72 and her one-under par 287 total was good enough for a one-shot victory over China’s Shanshan Feng and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen. They both shot 75.

Martin had led by three shots at halfway but was three behind four-time major winner, South Korea’s Inbee Park, going into the final round after a disappointing third round 77.

But Mighty Mo produced the joint best last round and deserved the £277,877 prize. Park, needing a birdie at the last to tie, had a six for a 77 and finished fourth.

Martin’s previous best as a professional was three wins on the US Futures Tour – and she only joined the LPGA circuit as a 29-year-old rookie in 2012. Her best result? A tie for third.

“The shot at the 18th was the greatest of my life,” said the delighted new champion.“I fell in love with Royal Birkdale from the first time I saw it and now it’s definitely my favourite course in the world.”

Martin’s win continues the switch in dominance in women’s golf from Asia to America. She follows compatriots Lei Thompson (Kraft Nabisco) and Michelle Wie (US Women’s Open) as major winners this year.

At the end of last year, Pettersen won the Evian Championship while another American, Stacy Lewis, won this title 11 months ago at St Andrews.

Lewis put up a stout defence but had to settle for a share of 12th after a last round 78.

Laura Davies, the oldest player in the field at 50, was the leading British player in joint ninth on four over following a 73.