Ben Martin Earned His First PGA Tour Win on the Greens

Ben Martin reacts after sinking his putt on 18 to win the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
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Ben Martin’s first career PGA Tour win came in large part because of his stellar work on the greens at TPC Summerlin in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

For the better part of two years, Martin has been using a Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour 7 putter. The club is 38 inches long and has a white line instead of the black line shown below.
 

Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo Tour 7
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Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo Tour 7


The 27-year-old took a two-shot lead through 54 holes after a third-round 62 during which he gained 4.695 strokes on the field with his putter. He birdied 13 through 17 on Saturday, a stretch that saw Martin hole two 15-foot putts and a 10-footer.

On Sunday, Martin was able to weather a last-minute birdie binge by Kevin Streelman, who birdied five of his last seven holes to shoot a final-round 65. Martin made a 46-foot eagle putt on the 560-yard, par-5 16th (set up by a 6-iron from 197 yards) that gave him a one-stroke lead. Martin then birdied the 18th hole, burying a 19-foot putt for an emphatic, two-stroke victory.

For the week, Martin finished second in strokes gained/putting and fourth in distance of putts made. On Saturday, the average length of his putts made was 11 feet, while on Sunday it was 8 feet 7 inches.

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