AVONDALE, La. – After the best round of his life, Ben Martin backed it up with another good one Friday to smash the 36-hole scoring record at TPC Louisiana and lead by three shots midway through the Zurich Classic.
“Overall, I don’t think it could have gone much better,” he said.
Martin shot a course-record 62 in the afternoon Thursday, then turned around and fired a 5-under 67 that put him at 15-under 129. The best previous 36-hole mark on this course was 12 under, set by four players.
The 26-year-old nearly holed his first approach shot of the day, leading to a kick-in birdie, then chipped in for eagle on the par-5 11th and birdied the 13th to pull six shots ahead.
He let a few more players back into the tournament with a bogey on 17, then he pushed his tee shot into the water on the par-5 18th and made double.
Martin rebounded with an inward 32, including birdies in two of his last three holes, to take the lead heading into the weekend for the second consecutive week. Last week at the Heritage, the former Clemson product shared the halfway lead, shot 71-67 on the weekend and tied for third. Prior to that event, he had missed seven of his last eight cuts.