Ben Martin experienced a day to remember in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after which he signed for a bogey-free, 10-under-par 30-32=62.
Martin is fresh off a T3 at Harbour Town, so his game travels. He hit 15 greens in regulation and poured in 10 birdies en route to the course record and personal low on the PGA TOUR. (Eight before him, including Andrew Svoboda in the morning wave, had shared the previous low of 64 at TPC Louisiana.) Somewhat amusingly, Martin connected four sets of birdie-birdie-par on his first 12 holes. Four of the eight birdies dropped in from beyond 10 feet, the longest measuring 26'6" at No. 5. He then holed his ninth birdie of the round from 19'6" at 13. The final par breaker was arguably the most impressive in that he chipped in from 18 yards at the par-3 17th. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting clip sat north of 4.030. Martin will sleep on a two-stroke lead and with a smile on his face.