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

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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

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 06:32:00 PM

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).
Sun, May 24, 2015 08:20:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 21, 2015 04:55:00 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.
Sat, May 9, 2015 07:27:00 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.
Fri, May 8, 2015 06:04:00 PM