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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. Oct 25 - 3:14 PM

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Ben Martin settled for an even-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of The McGladrey Classic.

The newest first-time winner on the PGA TOUR split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation at Seaside today, so he walked off with probably the highest score for which he was going to sign. He circled three birdies, including a 69-and-a-half bonus at the par-3 third hole. Martin also knocked in a birdie from 15'10" at 6, but he squared a double bogey at the par-4 fifth where his first tee ball failed to clear the hazard. He also bogeyed the par-4 11th and would eventually come to rest five strokes off the pace of the overnight quad-leaders.
Oct 23 - 7:26 PM

With Kevin Streelman charging, Ben Martin claimed his first PGA TOUR victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Martin closed with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 to post 20-under 264, two strokes clear of Streelman. The Clemson product enjoyed a four-stroke lead when he made the turn, but a bogey at the par-4 11th while Streelman was securing five birdies on his last seven holes briefly slid Martin into the role of a chaser. The would-be champ answered when it mattered, finding the green with a driver the par-4 15th and securing a two-putt birdie, and then holing an eagle from 46'5" at the par-5 16th to overtake Streelman for good. Martin ended the round in style, converting a 19-foot birdie on the par-4 18th. He finished the week second in strokes gained: putting, tied for third in greens hit and seventh in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Not bad for a guy that missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 79 at last week's Open. With this victory, he is exempt into the Masters, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.
Oct 19 - 8:04 PM

Ben Martin fired a 9-under-par 32-30=62 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to take the 54-hole lead at 17-under 196.

The Clemson product's round tied his opening round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for the lowest of his career. It featured 10 birdies to just one bogey at TPC Summerlin. His stats back up that the round wasn't a fluke, as Martin landed 17 GIR and gained well over four strokes with the flat stick. Four of those birdies dropped from longer than 14 feet, while two stood above the pack. His 47'5" birdie at the par-4 10th is the obvious highlight, but his round opened with a 23'9" birdie at the par-4 first which laid the groundwork for what was to come. He will try and leave Las Vegas with the first PGA TOUR win of what looks to be a solid career in the making.
Oct 18 - 7:26 PM

Ben Martin reached the midpoint of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 8-under-par 68-66=134 and sits one stroke in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He's the fourth to park it one back of pacesetter Andrew Svoboda. Martin has hit 27 greens in regulation and converted one eagle and 13 birdies at TPC Summerlin thus far. Today's set of par breakers featured seven birdies, including a roll from 20-and-a-half feet at the par-3 fifth hole and a 33-yard hole-out from in front of the green at the par-4 10th. The eagle was a zero-putt 10-yarder at the par-5 16th on Thursday.
Oct 17 - 4:14 PM

Ben Martin has yet to earn to a weekend tee time at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open but will give it another go this week at TPC Summerlin.

The Clemson product is 0-for-2 at TPC Summerlin but his 2014-15 brought great progress in his PGA TOUR career. He compiled his first three podium finishes as he circles in on his maiden victory. After a breakout campaign like that, course history can largely be ignored as he paves new history at each stop. This might not be the best stop for Martin, but gamers should expect him to top his prior best Shriners finish of T81.
Oct 14 - 8:55 AM

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

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