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Ben Martin

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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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

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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

Ben Martin orchestrated a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to reach 20-under 264, two shy of champion Ryan Moore and his first runner-up finish in 105 career starts.

This was the 28-year-old's third appearance in Silvis, Illinois, and his first top 10. His previous best was T38 on debut in 2011. The South Carolina native and resident began the finale in a two-way T2 on 17-under after opening in 66-68 and a career-tying-low 62, one back of Moore. Playing with the would-be-champ in the final twosome, he mustered nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.714 putts per GIR and 0.699 in SG: Putting (No. 1 for the week in the latter two stats). Martin, who arrived off a 65-77-MC at last week's Travelers, was also first in total birdies with 25 (five in R4), outpacing five bogeys (two in R4) and one double. This is his second top 10 of the season (T7, Barracuda) in 24 starts and is projected to climb 62 spots to 59th in the FEC standings.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Ben Martin bombarded TPC Deere Run with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 30-32=62 during the third round of the John Deere Classic, arriving at this week's finale at 17-under 196.

The Clemson product warmed up the putter nice and early, firing in five straight birdie putts from outside 10 feet to open his round. The longest being a 34-footer at the par-4 fifth. He finally missed (11'1") at the par-4 sixth, but splashed in three more from outside eight feet coming home, gaining 5.440 strokes putting on the day. He capped off the remarkable round with a 44'5" hole out from off the green at the par-4 18th. Playing his ninth round at TPC Deere Run, this eclipses his previous best by four strokes (66 in R1 this year). This also surpasses his low round of the season by three strokes (R1/Travelers). Lastly, this matches his career low, which he's previously posted twice, most recently in round three of the 2015 Shriners. It's always tough to back up a career round this like one, so it will be interesting to see how Martin fares in tomorrow's finale as he starts one stroke off the leader Ryan Moore.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 09:27:00 PM

Ben Martin turned in a 3-under-par 32-36=68 after the second round of the John Deere Classic to post 8-under 134, currently tied for sixth place, exactly where he started.

Preferred lies were in effect on the rain-soaked TPC Deere Run for the second frame. Martin took advantage early, opening with three straight birdies on Nos. 1-3, kicking off the run with a 25-footer at the par-4 first and capping it with a 34'5" birdie-2 at the third. He gave one back with a one-putt bogey-5 at the fifth before adding a seven-footer for birdie on the par-4 ninth to turn 3-under. The Clemson alum stalled out from there, playing his inward half in even-par with two birdies versus a double bogey-6 at the 15th that concluded his scoring (tee shot OB). His two laps mirror one another, with 12 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, improving slightly to 1.500 putts per GIR in R2.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 08:48:00 PM

Ben Martin made quick work of TPC Deere Run, signing for a 6-under-par 33-33=66 during the two-day first round of the John Deere Classic.

Weather stretched this round out, finishing more than 20 hours after his Thursday tee time of 4:50 p.m. CT. During his opening round Martin circled five birdies and an eagle. Three of his circles came as a result of putts from outside 15 feet. The highlight came at the par-5 17th, though, where he stuck his 241-yard approach shot to 9'4" and rolled it in for an eagle. Martin finished round one just two shots off the pacesetters at the top, and will have a quick turnaround before getting right back on the course for round two, which will be played with preferred lies in place.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 03:38:00 PM

Ben Martin bombarded TPC River Highlands with a 5-under-par 35-30=65 during the opening round of this week's Travelers Championship, staking his claim of the very early clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Vaughn Taylor and Andrew Loupe both eclipsed Martin's early lead with 6-under 64s.

The Clemson product was tested early on the greens, needing to roll in a 9'8" putt at the par-4 second just to save par. He made it and that was a telling sign of what was to come later in the round, as the flat stick really caught fire starting with an 11'10" birdie splash at the par-4 ninth. From there he blasted in six more putts from outside six feet, four of them from outside 11 feet. Martin is making his first Travelers start since a missed cut in 2011, but he's enjoying the green surfaces so far, walking off the course with 4.162 strokes gained putting. Gamers should expect his putting to regress as the week goes on but he's already given himself a nice head start on the field.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Ben Martin cratered to a 4-over-par 35-41=76 in the final round of the Barracuda Championship losing 2 points on the way to a four-day total of 31 points, down five places into a two-way T7, a distant 12 points in arrears to overnight leader and eventual champion Greg Chalmers.

The 28-year-old eagled the par-5 18th from 9'0" to gain back five points and secure his first top 10 of the season in his 20th start. It's small consolation after enduring a horrific six-hole stretch on the back nine that saw him swallow three bogeys and two doubles. Martin's only other par breaker was a birdie-4 from the fringe on the par-5 eighth. The Clemson alum began the finale in a two-way T2 on 33 points, six shy of Chalmers, after posting the week's best point total of 16 points in R3. Playing out of the final pairing, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and mustered 10 greens in regulation, posting a -2.874 in SG: Tee-to-Green and a -1.524 SG: Around-the-Green.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 10:35:00 PM

Ben Martin fashioned a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of the Barracuda Championship reaping 16 points, the week's highest total thus far, and posting 33 points total. UPDATE: With play completed, Martin is in a two-way T2, six points back of 54-hole leader Greg Chalmers.

The 28-year-old striped 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 14 greens in regulation, circling eight birdies and bumping eight places on the live leaderboard to solo second. He posted 2.068 in SG: Around-the-Green and 4.900 SG: Tee-to-Green and is the current leader in both stats with cumulative totals of 5.468 and 10.937, respectively. The Clemson alum circled back-to-backs four times during his lap, carding birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 8, 9, 13, 14, 17 and 18. His split featured a 21'2" roll at the par-3 third and a 24-footer from short of the green at the par-4 17th, brushing it in with the flat stick.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 09:53:00 PM

Ben Martin fashioned a 4-under-par 37-31=68 to collect 10 points during round two of the Barracuda Championship, arriving at the weekend with 17 total points, seven off the leader Greg Chalmers.

Martin split 10 (of 14) fairways but landed just nine greens in regulation. He opened on the back nine and rocketed up the leaderboard after a 5-under 31, collecting 10 points before making the turn. His inward nine was much calmer as he traded two bogeys with one birdie, a net zero in this week's Modified Stableford scoring system. Martin is making his first appearance in Reno since a T6 in 2011.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 09:10:00 PM

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.
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 05:07:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 08:43:00 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.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 04:27:00 PM