Martin shoots course record 62, leads by two in New Orleans
(Reuters) - Ben Martin fired a course record 10-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the opening round of the $6.8 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday.
Martin made light of gusting afternoon winds to reel off 10 birdies, capped off by a chip-in from 55 feet at the 17th hole at the TPC Louisiana.
He leads by two shots from fellow American Andrew Svoboda and holds a three-shot edge over Swede Peter Hanson and South Korean Noh Seung-yul.
"Awesome way to start," Martin told the PGA Tour's website, PGATour.com.
Martin's score could have been even better as he failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the par-five 18th and had to settle for a closing par.
But he had no complaints after carding his best score on Tour by three strokes.
"The ball was going where I was looking and it seemed like the putts were falling in just like I was seeing them," Martin said.
His score is the lowest on the Tour since Australian Adam Scott also carded a 62 in the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida last month.
Martin's hot round was not exactly a bolt from the blue, but rather a continuation of the fine form he displayed at the Heritage in his home state of South Carolina last week. Continued...