Ben Martin Shoots 62 to Take Lead in Las Vegas, Makes 47-Foot Birdie Putt [Video]

Ben Martin plays his tee shot on the 16th hole Saturday during the third round of the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ben Martin birdied five straight holes on the back nine Saturday and finished with a 9-under 62 that included a 47-foot birdie putt [see video below] to take a two-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Winless in 55 career starts on the PGA Tour, the 27-year-old former Clemson player matched his best score on the tour — set last year in the Zurich Classic — to get to 17-under 196 at TPC Summerlin.

Martin had four birdies and bogey on the front nine, birdied No. 10 and took the lead with his birdie run on Nos. 13-17.

Scotland's Russell Knox, tied for the second-round lead with Andrew Putnam, was second after a 66.

Jimmy Walker also had a 62 to move into a tie for third with Andrew Svoboda at 13 under. Walker won three times last season and played in the Ryder Cup. Svoboda had a 67.

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Defending champion Webb Simpson also had a 67 to top the group at 12 under.

Putnam shot a 73 to drop into a tie for 24th at 8 under. He had six bogeys, four in a six-hole stretch on the back nine.

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Jarrod Lyle was tied for 42nd at 6 under after a 70. The Australian is making his second PGA Tour start since a recurrence of leukemia some 18 months ago.

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