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In the span of a few weeks, Ben Martin has gone from can’t
hit to can’t miss.
The five-year veteran broke the course record at the TPC
Louisiana with a 10-under 62 to lead after one round at the Zurich Classic.
The previous record was 64.
Martin made 10 birdies and eight pars on the round. Despite
the low score, he has just a two-stroke lead on Andrew Svboba, who recorded an
8-under 64, also not recording a single bogey on the round.
Ben Martin couldn’t match his Day One 62, but he still added
a stroke to his lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by notching a 5-under
67 on Friday.
Martin had all but run away with the tournament through the
first 13 holes, sitting at 8-under with six birdies and an eagle 3 on No. 11.
But he gave away three of those strokes with a bogey on No. 17 and an ugly
double bogey 7 on No. 18.
The end-of-round meltdown allowed five other players to stay
within five strokes of the lead with 36 holes to go.
Fellow American Andrew Svoboda followed up his opening round
64 with a 68 to sit at 12-under.
South Korea’s Seung-yul Noh is third at
11-under, tied with Robert Streb, who rose from eighth to a tie for third with
American Erik Compton and Sweden’s Peter Hanson are tied for fifth at
Twenty-two year olds aren’t supposed to be unflappable on the final day of their first chance to win a PGA Tour event, but Seung-Yul Noh didn’t look a thing like a 22-year-old on Sunday in Avondale, Louisiana.
Noh fired a 1-under 71 on Sunday to hang on for a two-stroke vitory, finishing two strokes ahead of both Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb.
Only one other non-American player - England’s Justin Rose - finished in the top 10.
THe Korean Noh got the lead by shooting rounds of 65 on Days One and Three.
After not shooting a bogey in the first three rounds, Noh started off the final day with one, but got the shot back with a birdie on No. 8.
He dropped 1-under with another birdie on No. 10, then had two bogeys and two birdies down the stretch to stay there.
Svoboda got to 1-under with two birdies sandwiched around a bogey on holes 5-7, then recorded birdies on No. 12 and 18 to inch closer.
Streb shot a 2-under 70 to tie for second.
The biggest push on the final day was made by Robert Garrigus, who fired a 64 to rise from 36th to a tie for 5th.
Garrigus was 3-under through six holes thanks to a trio of birdies in a row.
He was on fire down the stretch, hitting a eagle 2 on No. 13, then putting birdies back to back behind it, adding two more on 17 and 18.
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