SYLVANIA, Ohio — Some like to see their name in lights. Beatriz Recari was thrilled to see hers bolted to a light pole.
The name of each year’s winner of the Marathon Classic is placed on the signs along the main drag of this Toledo suburb.
“It’s really cool,” said Recari, a 27-year-old Spaniard who has won three times on the LPGA Tour. “It’s obviously a great bonus not only to get this trophy and everything that comes along with it. But to get your own street for a year, that’s pretty special.”
Recari has become a more of a household name as her career blossomed in the last year. After winning the Kia tournament, she outdueled Paula Creamer down the stretch to also win the Marathon.
While collecting more than $1 million in checks, she placed sixth in the tour’s player of the year standings, finished 3-1-1 for the victorious European side at the Solheim Cup and contended at last week’s Women’s British Open.
She began the final round at Royal Birkdale three shots back of the leader but faded to a tie for 17th with a 79.
“I had a little bit of a slow start first half of the year, but feel like everything is coming along,” she said, referring to lower back and hip problems. “I’m working on things that feel good for me. I’m healthy and fit. I had a very good performance last week, and I’m very happy with my practicing.”
Mo Martin, who won the Women’s British Open with a closing 72, is still adapting to the title of major champion.
“It’s definitely been a whirlwind,” she said of arriving in Ohio after several connecting flights and lots of frequent-flier miles. “I hadn’t even turned my phone on. When I eventually did get here, I turned my phone on and it kind of exploded, everybody just congratulating me.”