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Ben Martin outlasted Stephen Gallacher in 20 holes in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
It's a nice win for the American, who finishes the week 2-1, but Hunter Mahan had already clinched the berth in the round of 16 from this group. Nevertheless, Martin can hang his hat on the fact that he extended on the Scot despite sitting 2-down at the turn and 1-down after 16. Gallacher lost the par-3 17th with bogey. They traded birdies at the par-5 18th to force sudden death. After birdie-4s at the first hole the second time through, Martin laced his tee ball to four feet for the kick-in birdie at the par-3 second. Gallacher (0-3) didn't find the green and couldn't hole out to match. May 1 - 6:16 PM

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In his debut at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, Ben Martin downed Matt Kuchar 1-up in the first round.

Fast-forwarding to the par-3 17th hole, sitting all square and wielding a hybrid from 239 yards, Martin jarred his tee ball for the ace. (You can view the video at the link below.) Kuchar could only birdie. They split pars at the par-5 18th where Martin walked off with victory. He hadn't led at any point during the match until the hole-in-one. Up next on his rotation is match-play maven Hunter Mahan. Kuchar's back will be up against the wall in his bout with Stephen Gallacher.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 29 - 5:45 PM

Ben Martin submitted a 2-under-par 36-33=69 for his opening round of the RBC Heritage.

Martin loves himself some Harbour Town Golf Links. En route to last year's T3 in the tournament, he hung up three sub-70s, so today's was merely an extension of that. Despite missing the cut at last week's Masters where all of the challenges can be heightened, he placed fifth in his previous start at Bay Hill, so the form has been there of late as well. Martin missed only one of the 14 fairways, but hit just 10 of the small greens today. He recovered quite well, book-ending bogeys at 7 and 8 with four birdies. His longest hummed 22'9" at the par-4 sixth. The Clemson Tiger signed his card positioned just two swings off the clubhouse lead.
Apr 16 - 1:01 PM

Ben Martin finished in a share of third place at last year's RBC Heritage and returns for another crack at Harbour Town Golf Links.

The South Carolina native had a full gallery of friends and family cheering him on last year. That included his brother, who played the role of caddie last year, but really just carried his bag and helped him stay relaxed out there. Martin has since gone on to win on TOUR, but this will remain a favorite stop for him. Gamers should give the Clemson product a deep look this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 15 - 8:33 PM

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

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