Martin's brief offseason sparked his success


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – However counterintuitive it sounds, Ben Martin is the shining example of the value of an offseason.

While the PGA Tour’s break is virtually nonexistent - hardly three weeks passed between the last putt dropping at East Lake and the first tee shot of the 2014-15 season at the Open - Martin’s own offseason allowed him to start fresh.

Martin finished last season at the second FedEx Cup playoff event, a run that included just four starts in seven weeks, and was able to take nearly three weeks off before starting his preparations for the new season.

“I felt fresh. I felt ready to play,” said Martin, who held off Kevin Streelman on Sunday in Las Vegas for his first Tour victory. “Last week I really tried to turn up my mental energy, my focus and kind of get things rolling again.”

From that extended break has come a renewed energy that has translated into five consecutive starts. Martin said on Tuesday at the McGladrey Classic he plans to play all five domestic fall events.

“I could take some time off, but really I’ve had so much time off the last three months that I think I’m going to play (the Sanderson Farms Championship) and Mexico (OHL Classic),” Martin said. “It’s only two weeks into the season so I don’t know really if I’m playing well or not because I finished last the first week and won the second week.”