Martin returns to LPGA Tour next week

Mo Martin, the former UCLA star from Altadena who captured the Ricoh Women’s British Open in July, has been sidelined for the last two months because of a left thumb injury.

Martin celebrated her 32nd birthday with friends earlier this week in Los Angeles and is planning to return to the LPGA Tour next week at the KEB-Hana Bank Championship on the Ocean Curse at Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.

“I don’t like to use the word awful, but it’s been awful,” said Martin, who will play with a splint on her thumb. “It’s been incredibly hard sitting out, especially since I had so much momentum going. That’s the difficult part.

“We are making very, very slow progress. I’m not 100 percent, but I really want to get back out there. I really miss playing. (The splint is not) ideal, but it’s helping me with the nerve pain. I’ll probably have to play in the splint for the rest of the year.”

Martin injured her thumb tying for seventh at the Marathon Classic a week after winning the Women’s British Open and aggravated the injury at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship in the middle of August, and has not played since.

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