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Ben Martin

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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World No. 217 Ben Martin is at the Country Club of Jackson for the opposite-field Sanderson Farms Championship. UPDATE: Martin finished T59 on 1-over 289 (70-72-74-73).
The 30-year-old is making his second start of the season after T17 three weeks ago at the Safeway Open (74-66-68-73). He squeaked into the FedExCup Playoffs last season at 123rd in FEC standings, exiting with a DQ (incorrect scorecard) at the Wyndham, where he was going to MC anyway. The Clemson alum had five top 25s last season among 16 cashes in 27 starts, two for top 10s, highlighted by a season-best T5 at the Quicken Loans National. He's 2-for-3 at the SFC with one top 25, a T18 last year (70-72-68-68). Oct 25 - 8:32 PM

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Ben Martin was set to miss the cut at the Wyndham Championship, but instead suffered a disqualification, with no word on what caused the DQ. UPDATE: The DQ was for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Martin opened with a 3-under 67 and just needed an even-par 70 or better today. Instead, he carded four bogeys and a double with just two birdies to post a 4-over 74. Martin was four outside the cut line, so gamers should just treat this as a normal missed cut. The likely suspects for a DQ would be signing for an incorrect scorecard or using a non-conforming club. We will update if any news gets passed along on that front. In the meantime, Martin has dropped six spots on the projected FedExCup standings to 122nd but is still inside the top 125, which means his TOUR status is safe and he'll earn a spot into next week's NORTHERN TRUST in New York.
Aug 18 - 7:38 PM

Ben Martin was just finding his groove before the weather horn sounded to suspend play (4:39 p.m. PT) during round two of the Barracuda Championship. UPDATE: The delay ended up lasting 1 hour, 17 minutes.

A pop-up lightning show came out of nowhere in Reno, Nevada, to suspend play. Golfers should be back on the course within an hour, though. Before the horn, Ben Martin was just making his move. His round didn't start off so well, trading one bogey with seven pars before circling his first birdie at the par-5 18th. He really made a mark on the next hole, though, splashing home his 197-hole approach shot for an eagle (5 points). Martin would finish the birdie-or-better train with a 20'5" birdie conversion at the par-5 second. At the time of the delay, Martin was playing the par-4 fifth, his 14th hole of the day, currently 3 points off the pace set by Stuart Appleby. UPDATE:Martin returned to the course after a 1 hour, 17 minute, delay to find one more birdie, reaching 23 points ahead of his third-round tee time. Three off the pace set by Richy Werenski.
Aug 4 - 7:48 PM

World No. 201 Ben Martin fashioned a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship to post 13-under 200, up 23 spots on the live leaderboard to T6.

This is the 29-year-old's second Barbasol (T20/2016), 23rd start of the season and 73rd lap, matching a season-low 64 shot two times, most recently in R1 at The Greenbrier Classic (finished T37). He kicked off in twin 68s and hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation on Day 3, gaining 3.467 strokes approaching-the-green and 4.029 tee-to-green. The Clemson alum circled seven birdies at Nos. 5, 10, and five straight at 13 and 17, registering 1.688 putts per GIR and 0.992 SG: putting. His split featured two, two-putt versions with the other five all dropping from inside of eight feet.
Jul 22 - 6:21 PM

World No. 193 Ben Martin crafted a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic to reach 9-under 131, up one place on the live leaderboard to T2, three back of 36-hole leader Sebastian Munoz.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 29-year-old hit eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.096 strokes off-the-tee and 0.248 around-the-green. He gained 2.667 approaching-the-green however, currently No. 1 in that stat with a cumulative 6.751. The Clemson alum squared bogey-5s at Nos. 11 (3-putt from 35'1") and 1, offset by five birdies at 10, 12, 13, 16 and 5, three from between 10 and 20 feet. He missed two scoring tries from inside of eight feet, but knocked in two par-savers from between six and nine feet, contributing to 0.752 SG: Putting. This is Martin's highest position on the leaderboard thru 36 holes since leading the 2014 Zurich Classic, where he eventually finished T15. He arrived this week off a season-best T5 at the Quicken Loans.
Jul 7 - 5:45 PM

Ben Martin turned on the scoring machine in round one of The Greenbrier Classic, walking off the course with a 6-under-par 32-32=64 to toss his name into contention, just one off the early pacesetter Davis Love III.

Martin made good use of preferred lies by splitting 11 (of 14) fairways today. From there, his irons and wedges went to town, peppering 16 greens in regulation to gain 4.016 strokes approaching-the-green. By day's end he had setup 11 scoring chances from inside 15 feet, converting on seven to offset a lone bogey. Martin has now been inside the top 50 after R1 in each of his last eight starts (starting with the Zurich Classic team event). The Clemson product has just two top 25s in that stretch, but he appears to be close to putting it all together. Gamers should take note and continue to keep him on their radar moving forward.
Jul 6 - 1:27 PM

World No. 233 Ben Martin crafted a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to reach 4-under 276, up 23 spots on the live leaderboard to T7. UPDATE: With play completed, Martin finished a season-best T5.

This was the Clemson alum's third QLN, third cash and should be a second top 10 (T3, 2014). It's his third top 25 of the season in 20 starts and potentially a first top 10. The 29-year-old's season best among just eight prior cashes was a pair of T18s, most recently at the Wells Fargo five starts ago. After kicking off in 68-73-70, he began T30 on 1-over, three short of the overnight top 10. On 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, he outpaced a lone bogey-5 at the first (3-putt from 37'11") with six birdies at Nos. 2, 7, 9, 10, 14 and 18, three from between 13 and 26 feet and two of them 2-putt varieties. The South Carolinian posted 1.769 putts per GIR and 3.001 SG: Putting, needing 28 total putts.
Jul 2 - 4:27 PM

World No. 233 Ben Martin does battle in his third Quicken Loans National and arrives to TPC Potomac at 144th in the FedExCup standings.

The Clemson alum is 2-for-2 in the D.C. area, cashing a T44 last year and T3 in 2014, both at Congressional CC. The latter is one of his 11 career top 10s -- in 128 career events -- highlighted by his one TOUR win at the 2015 Shriners. After making the FEC Playoffs in each of the previous three seasons, the 29-year-old is laboring this year, with no top 10s in 19 starts. His season best among just eight cashes is a couple of T18s, most recently at the Wells Fargo five starts ago. Martin has made his last five cuts, with three top 35s or better and a worse of T60 in his last start at the FedEx St. Jude, finishing 2-over 282 (70-71-70-71).
Jun 28 - 6:23 PM

Ben Martin makes his way back to Colonial Country Club for his fourth appearance at this week's DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Martin enters the week with back-to-back top 30s and also boasts a steady track record at the upcoming venue. In three trips to Colonial CC, he has posted finishes of T21-T10-T29, signing for red numbers in 8-of-12 rounds. His overall season form is not the greatest (141st in strokes gained total and 144th in the FedExCup standings). With good course history on his side, Martin could pick up a good chunk of much-needed FEC points this week.
May 23 - 8:30 AM

World No. 226 Ben Martin authored a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the second round of THE PLAYERS to post 3-under 141, up 22 places on the live leaderboard to T10, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader David Hearn.

This is the 29-year-old's third straight appearance, missing the cut last year and T4 on debut in 2015, where he was T2 thru 36 holes (68-71-68-70). He arrived this week just 7-for-15 on the season with two top 25s, both T18s, (no top 10s), one of those top 25s last week at the Wells Fargo. The Clemson alum opened with 71 (five birdies, two bogeys, one double bogey-6) and in R2, striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, outpacing bogeys at 13 and 15 with birdies at 1, 5, 12 and 16, highlighted by a 49-foot bomb for birdie-3 at 12.
May 12 - 1:20 PM

Clemson alum Ben Martin cruised to a 4-under-par 35-33=68 during round one of the Wells Fargo Championship, placing himself in contention early in the week.

Martin was throwing darts all day, gaining 2.754 strokes approaching the green en route to 14 GIR. His good approach shots were really good, giving himself 10 birdie looks from inside 15 feet. The flat stick was up-and-down throughout his round, splashing home seven putts from outside eight feet but also missing four putts from inside nine feet including a 4-footer at the par-4 13th. Martin arrived without a top 25 over his last 13 starts, but he's off to the races after this strong opener.
May 4 - 12:50 PM

Ben Martin arrives in Humble, Texas, ahead of this week's Shell Houston Open.

The Clemson product ranks 159th in the FedExCup race after a 5-for-11 start to the season. After posting a cuts-made ratio of 69 percent over the last two seasons, Martin is slow out of the gates so far. It wouldn't matter so much if he picked up a few top-heavy results but his best to-date is a T18 at the Sanderson Farms. His track record at the Golf Club of Houston is nothing to write home about, either, collecting two paychecks in three visits but nothing better than T36 (2011). Gamers looking to play it safe should take the wait-and-see approach before re-investing.
Mar 28 - 9:35 PM

Ben Martin bombarded El Camaleón Golf Club with birdies during round two of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, carding a 7-under-par 31-33=64 to reach 9-under 133 at the midpoint.

The Clemson product started the day in 36th place but knew he'd have to keep his foot on the pedal given the relative ease of El Camaleón. That's exactly what he did, circling birdies in six of the opening eight holes before cruising home with three birdies and one bogey on the back nine. Martin kept it between the goal posts all day, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways allowing him to pelt 14 greens in regulation. This goes in the books as Martin's low round at the course and also his lowest since a third-round 62 at last season's John Deere Classic (August).
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Ben Martin authored a bogey-free 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to conclude his third appearance on 10-under 278, up 15 places to T19 with play still in progress.

The 29-year-old, 70th in the final FedExCup standings last season, made the cut on the number with 70-72 (T68), and then played the weekend in twin 68s to climb into the top 25. For the week, he totaled 16 birdies against six bogeys and was strongest around the greens, gaining 3.925 strokes, currently 3rd in that stat. This was the Clemson alum's first start of the season and will be his first top 25 since solo 2nd at the John Deere back in August, where he lost to 54-hole co-leader Ryan Moore by two.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 03:43:00 PM

Ben Martin gets his first look at Crooked Stick Golf Club ahead of this week's BMW Championship.

The 29-year-old arrives 68th in FedExCup points after dropping 14 places with a missed cut at the Deutsche Bank. Playing his fourth season on TOUR, this is the second time he's advanced to the third leg of the four-event postseason. The Clemson alum finished 35th in the final FEC standings last year, five spots short of moving on to the TOUR Championship after a T68 in the BMW at Conway Farms GC. Four starts ago he recorded a season-best solo 2nd at the John Deere to vault 62 spots to 59th in the FEC, but has since posted CUT-T31-CUT.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 03:50:00 PM