Tracker: Ben Martin fires 62 to take Zurich lead

The Zurich Classic started under foggy skies on Thursday.
The Zurich Classic started under foggy skies on Thursday. ( Getty Images )

Thursday, April 24, 2014

On a day that saw most of the field's stars struggle, it was Ben Martin that set the pace at the Zurich Classic behind a bogey-free, 10-under 62.

Martin's 62 comes only days after he was in contention for the RBC Heritage title, only to slip late behind a bogey on a par 5.

Here's how Martin's round unfolded late on Thursday:

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Update #7: 7:57 p.m. EDT

A closing par for Ben Martin leaves him with a 10-under 62 and a two-shot lead heading into the second round on Friday.

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Update #6: 7:25 p.m. EDT

Might as well call this a Ben Martin Tracker at this point, as he drains a 55-foot birdie on No. 17 to move to 10 under on his round, with the par-5 18th ahead of him. He opens a two-shot lead on the field as play winds down for the day.

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Update #5: 6:40 p.m. EDT

You can't stop Ben Martin, you can only hope to contain the Clemson product.

Martin has taken the outright lead with three more birdies on the back nine and moves to the par-4 15th at 9 under. You know what four birdies in four holes would do, although he does have a par-5 ender that could provide something interesting.

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Update #4: 5:10 p.m. EDT

Ben Martin made a significant run at last week's RBC Heritage, climbing as close as one stroke on Sunday before a late fall.

He's off to a hot start on Thursday, picking up six birdies through eight holes to move within two shots of the lead. The kicker? He's playing the "tougher" side (the front nine) first and has the back nine to go, one that Andrew Svoboda and Michael Thompson had six birdies on earlier today.

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Update #3: 4:20 p.m. EDT

And the ideal scoring conditions are continuing this afternoon, as PGA Tour winner Michael Thompson is currently 6 under through nine holes as he tries to chase down Andrew Svoboda, who is in the clubhouse at 8 under.

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Update #2: 4:05 p.m. EDT

Scoring wasn't an issue with those out early at the Zurich Classic, as all 78 players in the morning wave fired rounds of par or better, with the scoring average a 70.94, more than a stroke under par.

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Update #1: 4 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda isn't exactly the name you expected to see atop the leaderboard at the Zurich Classic, but six birdies on the back nine will do that for you.

Svoboda had eight birdies and no bogeys on his round in posting an 8-under 64.

The St. John's product has 32 career PGA Tour starts, making the cut only 11 times, with two top-25 finishes to his credit. He had two victories on the Tour in 2013.

Check out his final birdie of the day here:

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