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Ben Martin has his eyes on a deep run in the FedExCup Playoffs as he prepares for his first Deutsche Bank Championship.
The Clemson product begins the week 63rd in the FEC standing after a T46 at The Barclays last week. That's the type of result he will need at TPC Boston this week to ensure that he remains inside the top 70 of the FEC for a tee time at the BMW Championship next week. This is just his sophomore year on the PGA TOUR, so a three-tournament run in the Playoffs would be impressive. Aug 27 - 3:28 PM

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Ben Martin followed his opening 66 at The Barclays with a 5-over-par 38-38=76 to square at even-par 132 at the midpoint.

Martin was one of the plethora of clubhouse co-leaders on Thursday until Bo Van Pelt went one lower. The younger American has now disappeared from view after going just 1-for-11 in birdie chances while squaring four bogeys and a double, all as a result of failing to hit the green in regulation. He also whiffed twice from inside nine feet. Suddenly, Martin finds himself right on the cut line as the afternoon wave begins.
Aug 22 - 12:27 PM

Ben Martin opened The Barclays with a 5-under-par 32-34=66 to join the clubhouse co-leaders.

Martin is making his debut in the FedExCup Playoffs, doing so in impressive fashion at 58th in points. He was the fifth to post 66 at Ridgewood today. He striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, picking off six birdies along the way. The set included conversions from 10'9" and 16'7" at the 11th and seventh holes, respectively. He walked off with a par save from just inside 13 feet at the par-4 ninth where he found a greenside bunker on approach.
Aug 21 - 5:04 PM

Ben Martin has qualified for his first appearance in the PGA Championship.

The PGA of America uses a special money list from which the top 70 gain entry into the field of 156 at Valhalla in two weeks. Using earnings from the concurrent WGC-Bridgestone and Barracuda Championship in 2013 through this weekend's RBC Canadian Open, Martin placed 68th. He was one of 29 exempt via this conduit specifically. The others: Jordan Spieth (second); Sergio Garcia (12th); Rickie Fowler (18th); Graham DeLaet (19th); Gary Woodland (20th); Kevin Na (28th); Bill Haas (37th); Luke Donald (40th); Charley Hoffman (41st); George McNeill (43rd); Charles Howell III (44th); Nick Watney (45th); Ryan Palmer (48th); Hunter Mahan (49th); Will MacKenzie (50th); Ian Poulter (52nd); Chris Stroud (53rd); Billy Horschel (54th); Erik Compton (56th); K.J. Choi (57th); Brian Stuard (58th); Brendon de Jonge (60th); Brendan Steele (61st); Brandt Snedeker (62nd); Daniel Summerhays (63rd); Rory Sabbatini (64th); Jason Bohn (67th); Freddie Jacobson (70th).
Jul 27 - 5:30 PM

Ben Martin calmly signed for a bogey-free 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the third round of The Open Championship.

Martin was in the first game off the 10th tee and began his lap around Hoylake with eight pars before securing a birdie at the par-5 18th. Turning his attention towards the front, he secured his final birdie at the par-4 fourth. This is his first look at The Open, and seems to have acclimated himself quite well. At 2-under 214, he will try and make a push towards the top 10 in Sunday's final round.
Jul 19 - 8:41 AM

Ben Martin secured a trio of late birdies for an even-par 37-34=71 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

Martin was an afterthought until late on the back nine. He had two bogeys and a double bogey on the card over his first 12 holes before hopping back on his feet with a 14'8" birdie on the par-3 13th. He then rattled home a 16'9" birdie at the par-5 16th and holed a bunker shot from 39'1" for birdie on the par-4 17th. Needing a birdie on the par-4 18th to join Justin Rose in the clubhouse lead, the Clemson product left an 18'3" putt on the right edge. While he won't secure his breakthrough win, he did finish high enough to earn a spot in the Open Championship next month.
Jun 29 - 6:07 PM

Ben Martin compiled a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National to reach the 54-hole mark at 3-under 211.

Martin began his day with some fireworks, holing an approach from 90 yards for an eagle at the par-4 opening hole at Congressional CC. He would scatter two birdies and three bogeys over the remaining 17 holes, including a 22 inch birdie at the par-4 17th. Needless to say, the irons were dialed in at times. He landed 12 GIR for the third consecutive day, while ranking inside the top 10 in driving accuracy. He will try and make a run at his first PGA TOUR win in the final round.
Jun 28 - 4:26 PM

Ben Martin is 4-under-par 69-67=136 through two rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

After trading a pair of third-place finishes with seven missed cuts in a nine-start stretch, Martin finally settled into a groove as the SJC will be sixth consecutive payday. He circled five birdies against two bogeys in his second round. The longest of the par breakers measured 15'2" at the par-4 15th and 23 feet at the par-4 18th. He also saved par from 14'8" a 5. Martin sits eight strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead but inside the top 10 on the leaderboard as the late draw of the second round hits the course.
Jun 7 - 10:16 AM

Ben Martin crafted a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Memorial to establish an early clubhouse lead at 7-under 209.

The Clemson product circled seven birdies, all on his first 13 holes, on a successful lap around Murifield Village. Three of those birdies were between 10 and 13 feet, with a dagger coming from 47 feet on the par-4 13th for his final birdie. He also saved par from 16'10" on the par 4 18th. The irons were a key to his success, landing 15 GIR. Martin has been knocking on the door lately with top 25s in three of his last four starts including a T3 at the RBC Heritage. He will now sit back and wait to see how the leaders handle Muirfiled Village in the afternoon.
May 31 - 12:34 PM

Ben Martin is set for his first start in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

While experience is usually a key to success at Colonial, another indicator has been success in the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town. Martin gets a check by his name for that one, tying for third in Hilton Head earlier this year. It's probably not wise to invest too much in the sophomore, but keep an eye on his performance since he could prove to be a decent option here in years to come.
May 21 - 2:50 PM

Ben Martin stumbled to a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and now trails Seung-yul Noh by four strokes at 14-under 202.

The 36-hole leader just couldn't get anything going, with his only birdie falling from a mere 4'5" on the par-5 seventh. After opening with a course-record 62, a second-round hangover was sort of expected. When he answered with a 67, it looked like he would be impossible to beat. It caught up with Martin on Saturday, as he was unable to give himself solid looks at birdie. His shortest birdie miss was from 9'1" on the par-4 16th, so he didn't putt especially poorly. He just didn't have enough solid looks. He'll take on the role of chaser on Sunday in hopes of landing his first PGA TOUR victory.
Apr 26 - 5:55 PM

Overnight leader Ben Martin chased his course-record 62 in the lid-lifter of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to post 15-under 129 at the midpoint, good for a three-stroke lead.

Martin wasted zero time in padding his lead with a birdie-eagle-par-birdie start today. That run was punctuated by a 19-yard hole-out from the fairway with his third at the par-5 11th. He finally stumbled at the par-3 17th where he missed the green off the tee, settling for his first bogey of the week. Martin then found water off the tee at the par-5 18th and ultimately three-putted from 73'6" for double bogey. However, he came home in bogey-free 4-under with four birdies. He's missed only seven greens in regulation thus far.
Apr 25 - 2:23 PM

Ben Martin experienced a day to remember in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after which he signed for a bogey-free, 10-under-par 30-32=62.

Martin is fresh off a T3 at Harbour Town, so his game travels. He hit 15 greens in regulation and poured in 10 birdies en route to the course record and personal low on the PGA TOUR. (Eight before him, including Andrew Svoboda in the morning wave, had shared the previous low of 64 at TPC Louisiana.) Somewhat amusingly, Martin connected four sets of birdie-birdie-par on his first 12 holes. Four of the eight birdies dropped in from beyond 10 feet, the longest measuring 26'6" at No. 5. He then holed his ninth birdie of the round from 19'6" at 13. The final par breaker was arguably the most impressive in that he chipped in from 18 yards at the par-3 17th. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting clip sat north of 4.030. Martin will sleep on a two-stroke lead and with a smile on his face.
Apr 24 - 7:53 PM

Ben Martin didn't relent in his final round of the RBC Heritage with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 to post 9-under 275, good for a share of third place.

Martin showed a lot of poise playing in front of a crowd of fans in his home state of South Carolina. He circled five birdies on the day while only giving one shot back with his bogey on the par-5 15th hole. He's on an insane stretch right now as both of his paydays in his last nine starts yielded career-best third-place finishes, but he missed the cut in the other seven.
Apr 20 - 6:13 PM

Ben Martin carded an even-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the RBC Heritage to remain at 5-under 208.

The 36-hole co-leader had plenty of pressure on his shoulders, playing in front of a crowd of fans in his home state of South Carolina while also trying to chase down his first PGA TOUR victory. It shouldn't be a surprise that he stumbled with a bogey at the par-4 first, but he bounced back nicely with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 second. His only other birdie dropped from 14'9" at the par-4 ninth, erasing a bogey at the par-4 sixth. It would be all pars for the back nine at Harbour Town. His 1.595 strokes gained-putting clip is good for sixth this week. He finds himself within three shots of Luke Donald's lead entering the final round.
Apr 19 - 7:24 PM