Women's British Open: Mo Martin wins at Royal Birkdale
|Women's British Open final round leaderboard|
|-1||M Martin (US)|
|Par||S Pettersen (Nor), S Feng (Chn)|
|+1||I Park (Kor)|
|+3||J Korda (US), A Stanford (US), EH Ji (Kor), J Granada (Par)|
|Selected others||+4 L Davies (Eng);+5 S Lewis (US), C Hull (Eng);+9 G Hall (Eng);+14 L Thompson (US)|
United States golfer Mo Martin was the surprise winner of the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
On a high-scoring final day, the 31-year-old world number 99 made an eagle on the 18th hole to finish one under par after a round of 72.
She finished a shot clear of China's Shanshan Feng and Norway's Suzann Pettersen to claim her first major.
Britain's Charley Hull, 18, could only manage a 78 to finish on five over par, six shots adrift.
"I played rubbish today to be honest," she told BBC Radio 5 live. "But I learned a lot from this round."
Dame Laura Davies was the leading British player on four over par and tied for ninth.
The 50-year-old said she expected to do well at the tournament she won in 1986. She told BBC Radio 5 live: "I know I'm playing well and I'm not surprised I have done this this week."
Overnight leader Inbee Park of Korea finished fourth on one over after a 77.
Martin produced the shot of the final round with a three-wood second shot at the 472-yard 18th that hit the pin and settled six feet away.
"The 18th was the greatest shot of my life," said the new champion, whose previous best finish in a major was tied 29th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this year.
"I fell in love with Royal Birkdale from the first time I saw it."
And upon being presented with the women's Claret Jug, Martin told BBC Two: "This is absolutely amazing. I think I still need to be pinched. It's really hard to believe."
Martin's 72 was the joint best score of the final round as she clawed back a three-shot deficit on four-time major winner Park.
However, Park, 26, remained in contention, despite a double bogey on the tenth, until she hit the bunker on the final hole.
|Mo Martin's best results in major tournaments|
|US Women's Open||T42||2013|
|The Evian Championship||T57||2013|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T29||2014|
|Women's British Open||Winner||2014|
The South Korean needed a birdie to tie, but instead dropped a shot.
Feng, who won the LPGA Championship in 2012, bogeyed the 16th and then missed a long birdie chance on the 18th to record a three-over-par 76.
Martin then looked on as her final challenger, Pettersen, hit the bunker on the 18th and then failed to chip in for the eagle she needed to force a play-off.
Defending champion and world number one Stacy Lewis, of the US, carded a six-over-par 78 to finish joint 12th.