April 25, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Ben Martin shot a 5-under 67 on Friday at TPC Louisiana and is in great shape heading into the weekend. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, La. – It’s tough to shoot a low round on the PGA TOUR and even tougher to back it up. Ben Martin has done both this week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
After breaking the course record by two with Thursday’s 62, Martin fired a second-round 67 to open a four-shot lead over Seung-yul Noh.
“Overall, I don’t think it could have gone much better,” Martin said.
Martin got off to a dream start Friday, making birdie at his first hole (No. 10) and chipping in for eagle at the par-5 11th. The only room for improvement in Round 2 was just before the turn. Martin bogeyed 17 and doubled 18 after hitting his tee shot in the water.
“I started thinking ahead a little bit and I thought, man, maybe I can do this again,” Martin said.
After the stumble, Martin and his caddie discussed the formula that led to Thursday’s success and he went on to close with a second-nine 32.
“Yesterday I really felt like I stayed in the moment on every shot,” he said. “I wasn’t worried about what had happened previously or what was coming up. I wanted to just try to do that again on the second nine.”
The 26-year-old held a share of the 36-hole lead last week at the RBC Heritage, but his season has been a bit peculiar otherwise. He’s missed seven of his last nine cuts, but finished third both weekends he has played.
“I have a scripture written in my yardage book from Galatians 6 and it kind of talks about basing your performance on how you’re working and not worrying about what anybody else is doing,” he said. “So I’ve been reading that constantly throughout the round. I’m going to go do what I’ve got to do ... and we’ll add them up at the end.”
Ben Martin comments after Round 2 of Zurich Classic of New Orleans