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Martin didn't reach LPGA Tour until she was 29, but patience paid off

To judge Mo Martin only by her stature (she's 5-foot-2 before she puts on her golf shoes) or by her career victories (one, her women's British Open triumph this month) would be to completely miss why the former UCLA standout is so heartily worth appreciating and applauding. In a sport that glorifies sensationally long-hitting teenagers, the 31-year-old Martin is steadfast and persistent. Martin, who grew up in Altadena, Calif., spent six seasons on the "minor league" Symetra Tour and was 29 during her LPGA debut season. Though known for her tour-leading driving accuracy of 86 percent, her average driving distance of 233 yards is about 40 short of the leaders' prodigious numbers. Until ...

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