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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175
College: Clemson University

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With a piece of 10th place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Ben Martin played his way into an exemption for The Open Championship on July 16-19.
Martin started the week slotted 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking from which the top 50 in today's latest edition would be exempt into the field of 156 at St. Andrews. He opened and closed Colonial with 4-under 66s and finished as one of eight at 9-under 271, three strokes off the pace of champion Chris Kirk. As a result, Martin moved to 48th in the OGWR. He's one of eight previously ineligible who punched tickets into the season's third major. The others: J.B. Holmes (13th in the OWGR); Brandt Snedeker (32nd); Ryan Moore (34th); Paul Casey (36th); Branden Grace (37th); Matt Every (46th); Bernd Wiesberger (47th). May 24 - 8:20 PM

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Ben Martin carded a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, posting up two strokes off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders.

Martin tied for 21st in his debut here last year but today's score bettered his previous best on Colonial Country Club by two strokes. He missed only three (of 14) fairways and three greens in regulation, picking off six birdies along the way. Five of those par breakers rolled longer than 11 feet. The highlights disappeared from 29'10", 60'4" and 30'5" at the fourth, ninth and 10th holes. Martin also swallowed a pair of bogeys. At last check, he ranked third in the field with a strokes gained: putting clip north of 3.520.
May 21 - 4:55 PM

Ben Martin turned in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 for a three-day total of 9-under 207 and sits one back of the 54-hole lead.

Martin began the day in a six-way tie for seventh at 5-under and three shots back of the 36-hole leaders. On the round he peppered 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, requiring 26 putts in total. He opened with a birdie-3 on the par-4 first and added a second circle on the fourth after stiffing his approach from 127 yards out to 17 inches. The 27-year-old sank a lengthy par putt on No. 8 from 16' to keep his forward momentum intact. He cranked it up a notch with consecutive par breakers on the 10th, 11th and 12th with birdie putts disappearing from 12'2" and in. After saving par on the par-3 13th to go 3-for-3 in scrambling on the round to that point, he would square two bogeys over his final four holes to finish in a three-way tie for second.
May 9 - 7:27 PM

Ben Martin followed his opening 68 at THE PLAYERS with a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in today's second round.

Considering he hit only nine greens in regulation and signed for a red number, it would be fair to surmise that he survived TPC Sawgrass today. Martin two bogeys with three birdies, including a gem from 48'5" at the par-4 fifth hole. He also recorded a zero-putt par save from the fringe seven yards away at the par-4 seventh. At 5-under 139, he's positioned three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
May 8 - 6:04 PM

Ben Martin crafted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's opening round of THE PLAYERS, and then signed his card with a share of the clubhouse lead.

So much for the need of a learning curve at TPC Sawgrass. Today marked Martin's first live action at THE PLAYERS. He found 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. After opening with a bogey at the par-4 10th, he rattled off three consecutive birdies, including rolls from 35'2" and 10'9" at Nos. 11 and 12, respectively. Martin added two more, the longest of which measuring 24'3" at the par-4 fifth.
May 7 - 1:04 PM

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

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