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Ben Martin

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Ben Martin is back for a third crack at TPC Louisiana as he preps for this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The Clemson product arrives with some recent form, collecting a paycheck in each of his last five starts, two of them yielding top 20s. The form is really a bonus because his history at this course is what really stands out. Back in 2014 Martin made a caddie switch ahead of his appearance at TPC Louisiana. He put his buddy and former teammate from Clemson, Alex Boyd, on the bag and it paid off in the form of a course record setting 10-under 62 in the first round. He went on to post a T15 that week, but gamers will be happy to know he has that go-low capability at this venue. Apr 27 - 5:07 PM
Source: PGATOUR.com

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Ben Martin arrives at this week's RBC Heritage with a FedExCup ranking of 113th.

The Clemson product enters the week with an 8-for-11 record on the season, including a trio of top 25s. Two of those have come in the last four starts, showing signs of good form. In addition to form, Martin has also taking a liking to Harbour Town Golf Links in the past, finishing T3 in 2014 and returning with a T37 last year. All signs point to another strong finish this week as he preps for this difficult Pete Dye designed layout.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 12 - 8:43 AM

Ben Martin rallied to a 5-under-par 37-30=67 in today's final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to post 9-under 279, up 20 places on the live leaderboard to T10.

Martin cashed his first check at Bay Hill in three tries with solo fifth in last year's edition. He was T3 thru 54 holes after 68-67-68, but backed up a tad with 71 in the finale. The Clemson grad began this year's final frame on 4-under (T30) after posting 71-70-74. He was headed to no man's land with a birdie-less 1-over first half, but came home in 6-under 30, circling birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 13 and 18 (chip-in from 40'7"), and adding an eagle on the par-5 16th from a mere 38 inches. The 28-year-old's season best on nine starts is/was T16 at the Northern Trust Open.
Mar 20 - 4:27 PM

Ben Martin finished in fifth place at the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational and returns this week for another crack at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

The Clemson product always relishes a return to the South where he can putt on bermuda greens. Martin missed the cut in his first two tries at the API, so his fifth-place finish last year doesn't make him a course horse, by any means. Regardless, it does show what he's capable of here at Bay Hill when he's on his game. Martin currently ranks T25 on TOUR in approach proximity from outside 200 yards, a stat that could come in handy this week on a course that stretches out past 7,400 yards.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 15 - 10:00 PM

Ben Martin pieced together a 6-under-par 36-30=66 to finish round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge just two strokes shy of the co-leaders.

Martin was strolling along with a pair of birdies through seven holes before finding water on the difficult par-3 eighth to drop two shots. There was no giving up from the Clemson product as he torched the back nine with six birdies, including five straight beginning at the par-4 13th hole. Martin was a popular sleeper pick entering the week and has himself in good position through 18.
Jan 21 - 6:39 PM

Ben Martin had a career year in 2014-15 and hopes to repeat that success when the calendar flips to 2016.

The Clemson product missed the cut in the season lid-lifter, but followed that up with a T25 at the Shriners and a T47 at the CIMB Classic. It wasn't quite a repeat of last year where he won his first PGA TOUR event and posted a pair of top 30s to finish the fall ranked third in the FedExCup standings. Despite the slow start, Martin has proved to be a valuable fantasy commodity and is still growing as a golfer.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 09:43:00 PM

Defending champ Ben Martin authored a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a 54-hole tally of 8-under 205, two swings back of early clubhouse leaders Alex Cejka and Nick Taylor.

Martin began his title defense in 70-68 to sit T41 after 36 holes and six back of four co-leaders. After six birdies in yesterday's loop, he circles only four today, but went blemish-free to move up 30 spots on the live leaderboard. His split included three conversions from inside eight feet and a 10'2" roll on the par-4 10th, his first hole of the round. Martin landed 15 greens in regulation and at last check, leads the field in that category with 46/54 for an 85.19 percent clip. The 28-year-old won last year's edition at 20-under for his lone PGA TOUR victory that included a tied career-best 62 in the third round.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 06:48:00 PM

Ben Martin opened his title defense of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a 1-under-par 34-36=70 and sits six strokes back of the clubhouse tri-leaders.

He carded nothing higher than a 68 (twice) en route to 20-under 264 at TPC Summerlin a year ago, but Martin couldn't find a workable gear today. He piped only four (of 14) fairways but mounted 16 chances to break par. Alas, he converted only thrice, all on par 4s, but also squared two bogeys, including a three-putt from just 8'1" at the par-4 18th where he concluded his round. Martin's most impressive conversion rolled 18 feet for par at the par-4 11th, so it helped retain the red number, but he's going to finish above the field average for the day. A whiff for birdie from just 52 inches at the par-5 ninth will also leave a bad taste in his mouth during dinner.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 09:03:00 PM

Ben Martin dismantled TPC Summerlin on his way to victory at last year's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and returns this week for a crack at defending his title.

Martin hoarded 26 birdies on his way to victory last year, and threw in a couple eagles at the par-5 16th for good measure. His flat stick showed up in a big way, as he rolled in 61-of-64 putts from inside 10 feet on the week. The Clemson product has shown early in his career that easy courses really fit his play style. It's well-documented how hard it is to defend on the PGA TOUR, but Martin looks primed for another solid week at TPC Summerlin.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Ben Martin carded a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to wrap his second appearance at 13-under 267, up 15 places on the live leaderboard.

Martin is exempt on TOUR thru 2016-17 via his win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open back in October. He entered the week a lofty 25th in the FedExCup standings and after his effort today, he's projected at 24th. Martin began the day at 9-under (T27) and six adrift. He circled six birdies on the card, including four in a bogey-free, first nine to turn 4-under. The 27-year-old --three days shy of his 28th birthday-- lost some steam on his inward half, exchanging two birdies at 13 and 15 with two bogeys at Nos. 11 and 14. His split included a 19'11" roll at the par-4 13th and an 18-footer at the par-4 first. Martin saved par at the last from 15'4" to keep him inside the top 10, currently T6 with play still in progress. If his position holds, it'll be his fifth of the season on 24 starts.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 04:17:00 PM

American Ben Martin enters this week's 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits 24th in the FedExCup standings and is paired the first two rounds with Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and South Africa's George Coetzee.

Martin is 16-for-22 on the season with seven top-25 finishes, four for top 10s, including a T4 at THE PLAYERS and his maiden TOUR win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open back in October. Since THE PLAYERS, he's cashed five times in six starts, cracking the top 35 once, T10 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. In his last three events he's finishes T64/U.S. Open; T74/The Open Championship and T57 at last week's no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The 27-year-old has one PGA under his belt, missing the cut in last year's edition at Valhalla by two strokes.
Source: PGA.com
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 09:44:00 PM

Ben Martin rolls into his second Open Championship at 18th in the FedExCup standings and has a Thursday tee-time of 7:17 a.m. ET with Australia's Steven Bowditch and Japan's Hiroshi Iwata.

Martin tuned up for his second Open Championship with a respectable T17 at last week's Scottish Open, which followed his T64-finish at the U.S. Open in his last start in the States. Fantasy managers will recall that he was T4 at Chambers Bay after a first-round, 3-under 67, and still T5 thru 36 holes before collapsing to a third-round 86. He did rebound with an even-par 70 in the final round. Martin is 14-for-20 on the season with four top 10s, highlighted by his win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a T4 at THE PLAYERS. Cracked the Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (48th) with a T10 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, thereby snagging his exemption into his second Open. The 27-year-old posted 4-under 284 (T26) in last year's edition (Royal Liverpool) on rounds of 71-73-70-70, so there is something here for gamers to look at in regards to links golf.
Source: TheOpen.com
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Ben Martin trailed his opening 67 at the U.S. Open with an even-par 35-35=70 in today's second round to post 3-under 137 at the break.

He's just two swings off the 36-hole clubhouse lead, so mission accomplished on Day 2. Martin hit 15 greens in regulation and traded three birdies with three bogeys. His longest par breaker ran 26 feet at the par-3 15th hole. Overall, the 27-year-old has failed to find only three (of 28) fairways and five greens in regulation. That kind of formula works most places, but it's exceptionally useful in this tournament.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 06:25:00 PM

Ben Martin tossed up a 3-under-par 31-36=67 in today's opening round of the U.S. Open.

While Chambers Bay's profile is still in the process of being identified, tee-to-green proficiency tends to matter in this championship. That's Martin's calling card, and it was on display along the Puget Sound. He missed only one of 14 fairways and two greens in regulation, laying the foundation for an eagle (at the drivable, par-4 12th) and four birdies. He also bogeyed three holes, but that's also commonplace in the season's second major. When the dust settled, Martin signed his card positioned just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 11:14:00 PM

Ben Martin hopes the third time is the charm as he readies for this week's U.S. Open.

Martin is 0-for-2 in his career at the U.S. Open, but he's really rejuvenated his game since his last appearance in 2010. The Clemson Tiger is not intimidated by strong fields, evidenced by his T4 last month at THE PLAYERS. Martin does not have a strong track record in major championships, but his season form makes him a legitimate sleeper for gamers to consider this week.
Source: USOpen.com
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 06:32:00 PM