Martin continues to set pace with 67 at Zurich Classic

Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:39pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Ben Martin showed that his sizzling start was no fluke as he continued to set the pace during the second round at the $6.8 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday.

Martin could not match his opening 62, but a five-under-par 67 was a most respectable encore in ideal morning conditions at TPC Louisiana.

He threatened to run away from the field when he started the second round by picking up four strokes in his first four holes, but it was not to be.

"I got off to a great start today, which I think is big," the South Carolina native told Golf Channel after posting a 15-under 129 halfway total, four strokes better than South Korean Noh Seung-yul with half the field back in the clubhouse.

"Sometimes there can be a bit of a letdown after a really good round but I hit it to about six inches on (my first hole) and chipped in for eagle (on the next)."

A double-bogey at his ninth hole, the par-five 18th, where he drove into a water hazard and also three-putted, halted his momentum but that was the last blemish on his card.

"That was a little bit of a wake-up call," he said. "I got a bit ahead of myself."

Martin, 26, is in his second season on the PGA Tour, after losing his card in his rookie campaign in 2012.

His form this week is no flash in the pan. He tied for third at the Heritage last week and also posted a third-placing at the Puerto Rico Open in March.   Continued...