|Full name||Melissa Linda Martin|
|Born||October 8, 1982|
|Height||5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2012)|
|Former tour(s)||Futures Tour (2006–11)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T14: 2016|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T17: 2014, 2016|
|U.S. Women's Open||T21: 2016|
|Women's British Open||Won: 2014|
|Evian Championship||T2: 2018|
Martin played college golf all four years at UCLA, walking-on as a freshman. She was the Bruins' Most Valuable Player in 2002, earned UCLA academic honors, and was also a three-time Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention selection. She graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Martin turned professional in 2005, and joined the Futures Tour on January 23, 2006. She played in the 2007 U.S. Women's Open and missed the cut. Martin was the 2010 recipient of the Futures Tour's Heather Wilbur Spirit Award, presented annually to the player who "best exemplifies dedication, courage, perseverance, love of the game and spirit toward achieving goals as a professional golfer." The annual recipient is nominated by her peers on the tour. In 2011, with 11 top-10 finishes and 1 victory, she earned full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for the 2012 season.
Martin won the Women's British Open in 2014, her first major championship and also her first LPGA Tour title. She led after 36 holes, but a 77 (+5) on Saturday dropped her three strokes back. An eagle at the final hole on Sunday gave her the victory, one stroke ahead of runners-up Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen. It was Martin's first eagle of the 2014 season and the win moved her from 99 to 26 in the women's world rankings. Her previous best finish in a major was a tie for 29th at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Born in Pasadena, California, Martin attended Chandler School. Her father, Allen Martin, was a defense attorney and taught her to play golf as a child, using Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. Allen died of a heart attack when Mo was in college at age 20, and she then established a relationship with her paternal grandfather, Lincoln Martin, who was over 90 years old. Before Allen's death, Mo and Lincoln had minimal interaction, due to a strained father-son relationship. During her early years as a professional on the Futures Tour, Lincoln was her chief supporter and mentor. He died in March 2014 at age 102, about four months before she won her major title in England.
She currently resides in Naples, Florida.
Professional wins (4)
LPGA Tour wins (1)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour events (0)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Jul 13, 2014||Women's British Open||69-69-77-72=287||−1||1 stroke|| Shanshan Feng|
Futures Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||May 6, 2007||El Paso Golf Classic||69-71-67=207||−9||1 stroke||Caroline Larsson|
|2||Jul 27, 2008||USI Championship||71-66-67=204||−12||4 strokes||Gerina Mendoza|
|3||Aug 14, 2011||Eagle Classic||70-67-66=203||−13||3 strokes||Cara Freeman|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runners-up|
|2014||Women's British Open||3 shot deficit||−1 (69-69-77-72=287)||1 stroke||Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen|
Results not in chronological order before 2018.
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT||T42||CUT||T35||T21||CUT||CUT|
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T30||T37||T17||T26||T17||CUT||T33|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||57||CUT||1||CUT||T2||T49||T39|
|The Evian Championship ^||T57||DNP||CUT||CUT||T26||T2|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||0||0||1||8||3|
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||7||6|
|Women's British Open||1||1||0||2||2||2||7||5|
|The Evian Championship||0||1||0||1||1||1||5||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)
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- The Sports Network (May 7, 2007). "Martin birdies 18th for Duramed Futures win". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
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