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Ben Martin closed out his week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 1-under-par 39-32=71 to crack the top five at 14-under 274.
He struggled with the flat stick on the front nine at Bay Hill, missing several short attempts for both birdie and par. He squared each of his three bogeys on the front nine. Martin was flawless on the back, circling birdies on 10, 11, 12 and 16. Each of his birdies fell from seven feet or shorter. This is his best finish since his win in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, displacing his T11 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Mar 22 - 5:44 PM

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Ben Martin calmly posted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and joins the clubhouse lead at 13-under 203.

Four of Martin's five birdies at Bay Hill were under eight feet, with the exception being a 32'2" bomb at the par-4 11th hole. He suffered a three-putt par at the par-5 12th hole, or the round could have been a bit better. He suffered just one bogey on his round, and that was at the par-4 first hole when he failed to scramble from a greenside bunker. This is his first real time in contention since his win in the second event of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Mar 21 - 5:33 PM

Ben Martin pieced together a sterling second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational en route to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-35=67.

He missed only one of 14 fairways and three greens in regulation while circling five birdies at Bay Hill today. The set included a conversion from 32'10" at the par-3 14th and a hole-out from a bunker 17 yards away at the par-3 second. Martin arrived at the midpoint in 9-under 135 and sits just four strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. For the week, he's found 23 (of 28) fairways, 28 GIR and dropped only two shots, both on the same hole (No. 11 on Thursday).
Mar 20 - 1:45 PM

Ben Martin navigated Bay Hill Club and Lodge in 4-under-par 33-35=68 in today's opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Martin is due for something special again. He's yet to add a top 10 since his breakthrough at the Shriners, and since a T11 at the 34-man Hyundai TOC, he's 3-for-5 with no top 30s. Today, he sandwiched a double bogey-6 at the 11th hole with six birdies. The longest measured 38'4" at the par-3 seventh, but a 25-footer at the last might have felt a bit sweeter given all that was left to tackle were handshakes and the signing of the scorecard. Martin was the last of 17 to conclude the day inside the top 10 on the leaderboard. He's two swings off Morgan Hoffman's pace.
Mar 19 - 6:51 PM

The final round of The Honda Classic was suspended due to darkness at 6:18 p.m. ET.

This was not a surprise to anyone. There weren't any players that completed their final round, which will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Ben Martin had a hot round going at PGA National's Champion Course. He was 5-under-par through 14 holes, with five birdies and nine pars. He's in trouble on the par-3 15th, as his tee shot found the back greenside bunker. Paul Casey will sleep on the co-lead at 7-under with Ian Poulter after circling four birdies without a bogey on his front nine.
Mar 1 - 6:28 PM

Ben Martin makes his first trip to PGA National's Champion Course for The Honda Classic.

While he sits 13th in the FedExCup standings, Martin had a relatively uneventful West Coast Swing. Following a T11 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he made just two of four cuts with a T40 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open standing as the best finish. A native of South Carolina, perhaps a return to an area closer to home will refresh his game.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 25 - 10:27 AM

Ben Martin conjured up a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and is one-stroke behind the clubhouse lead.

Martin began his round on the back nine at TPC Scottsdale and got to work with an 18'1" birdie on the par-4 11th hole. He erased a bogey on the par-4 14th with an 11'6" birdie on the short par-4 17th. He round picked up velocity on the front nine, picking up birdies on the first, third, fourth and fifth holes before parring his way home. At the end of the day, four of his six birdies dropped from longer than 10 feet. Already a winner in 2014-15, he is eyeing a second title in what could be a special season.
Jan 29 - 3:00 PM

Ben Martin closed out his first Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a 4-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round to end the week at 14-under 278.

Martin picked up seven birdies and surrendered three bogeys on his final gallop around The Plantation Course at Kapalua. The highlights were numerous and began with a chip in from 50'5" on the par-4 fourth hole. Two of his other birdies fell from longer than 11 feet, including a 22'1" effort on the par-4 12th. He is on the bubble for a top-10 finish in his first trip to Maui.
Jan 12 - 7:34 PM

Ben Martin spun a 6-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to finish one stroke back of the clubhouse lead.

Making his debut at Kapalua, Martin made it look easy. He landed 16 of the massive greens in regulation and squared only one bogey, that a 5 at the 10th hole. Elsewhere, he converted five birdies, three of which from 12-23 feet, before closing the loop with a 43-yard chip-in at the par-5 18th. (Click on the link below to watch the shot. It's the first 3 at the last since 2013.) He even holed a par save from just outside 10 feet at the par-5 15th.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 9 - 7:23 PM

When Ben Martin broke through at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he punched his ticket to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for this first time in his young career.

Martin followed up his Shriners win with a T17 in The McGladrey Classic, and then trended down from there. His final two results went for a T29 in the Sanderson Farms Championship and a MC in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. That he even played in Mississippi is a good sign for his owners that he is committed to a full schedule even after the win. His chances on The Plantation Course at Kapalua are a bit of a mystery, so invest with caution.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 8 - 12:54 PM

Ben Martin tacked on a 5-under-par 35-30=65 in his third round of The McGladrey Classic.

Last week's champ has done the right thing by keeping his ball in play, but he finally made the chances count today. Martin went 6-for-17 in birdie looks today. (He circled just six birdies in the first two rounds combined.) The longest today was his first, from 16'4" at the par-3 sixth hole.Overall, he's split 34 (of 42) fairways and hit a field-high 47 greens in regulation. At 7-under 203 through 54 holes, Martin sits two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Ben Martin settled for an even-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of The McGladrey Classic.

The newest first-time winner on the PGA TOUR split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation at Seaside today, so he walked off with probably the highest score for which he was going to sign. He circled three birdies, including a 69-and-a-half bonus at the par-3 third hole. Martin also knocked in a birdie from 15'10" at 6, but he squared a double bogey at the par-4 fifth where his first tee ball failed to clear the hazard. He also bogeyed the par-4 11th and would eventually come to rest five strokes off the pace of the overnight quad-leaders.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 07:26:00 PM

With Kevin Streelman charging, Ben Martin claimed his first PGA TOUR victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Martin closed with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 to post 20-under 264, two strokes clear of Streelman. The Clemson product enjoyed a four-stroke lead when he made the turn, but a bogey at the par-4 11th while Streelman was securing five birdies on his last seven holes briefly slid Martin into the role of a chaser. The would-be champ answered when it mattered, finding the green with a driver the par-4 15th and securing a two-putt birdie, and then holing an eagle from 46'5" at the par-5 16th to overtake Streelman for good. Martin ended the round in style, converting a 19-foot birdie on the par-4 18th. He finished the week second in strokes gained: putting, tied for third in greens hit and seventh in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Not bad for a guy that missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 79 at last week's Frys.com Open. With this victory, he is exempt into the Masters, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Ben Martin fired a 9-under-par 32-30=62 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to take the 54-hole lead at 17-under 196.

The Clemson product's round tied his opening round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for the lowest of his career. It featured 10 birdies to just one bogey at TPC Summerlin. His stats back up that the round wasn't a fluke, as Martin landed 17 GIR and gained well over four strokes with the flat stick. Four of those birdies dropped from longer than 14 feet, while two stood above the pack. His 47'5" birdie at the par-4 10th is the obvious highlight, but his round opened with a 23'9" birdie at the par-4 first which laid the groundwork for what was to come. He will try and leave Las Vegas with the first PGA TOUR win of what looks to be a solid career in the making.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 07:26:00 PM

Ben Martin reached the midpoint of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 8-under-par 68-66=134 and sits one stroke in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He's the fourth to park it one back of pacesetter Andrew Svoboda. Martin has hit 27 greens in regulation and converted one eagle and 13 birdies at TPC Summerlin thus far. Today's set of par breakers featured seven birdies, including a roll from 20-and-a-half feet at the par-3 fifth hole and a 33-yard hole-out from in front of the green at the par-4 10th. The eagle was a zero-putt 10-yarder at the par-5 16th on Thursday.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 04:14:00 PM