ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – If Ben Martin needed a reminder that his career had reached a new level, all he needed to do was glance at the tee sheet for Rounds 1 and 2 at the McGladrey Classic.
Following his first PGA Tour victory last week in Las Vegas, Martin has been moved into a higher category for tee times and will play alongside tournament host and 20-time Tour winner Davis Love III and defending champion Chris Kirk.
“I'm playing with Davis and Chris Kirk, so a little bit of a new pairing for me on Thursday and Friday,” Martin smiled on Wednesday at Sea Island Resort.
Although Martin is part of Thursday’s premier pairing which heads out at 12:35 p.m. (ET) off the first tee, many observers will be watching the 8:15 a.m. threesome off the 10th tee that will include Webb Simpson and Bill Haas.
According to various sources, Watson had settled on Haas as a pick but an early text message sent to the captain by Simpson the day the picks were made seemed to change Watson's mind.