Tracker: Martin holds onto Zurich Classic lead

Ben Martin during the second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a day after his course-record 62 at TPC Avondale.

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Web.com Tour graduate Ben Martin, seeking his first PGA Tour win, built on his course-record 62 with a second-round 67 to hold onto the lead Friday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Andrew Svoboda mounted a late charge to move to second, but a bogey at the last gave him a 68 to leave him at 12 under. Seung-Yul Noh is third at 11 under after a 68 as well.

Recap all the second-round highlights from TPC Avondale right here – and scroll down for our previous Tour coverage this week!

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Update No. 33: 7:44 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda finds the green at the par-3 ninth hole, but three putts from about 50 feet to end his round with a bogey for a 68 that leaves him three back of leader Ben Martin, one ahead of third-place Seung-Yul Noh and Robert Streb – the latter of whom birdies the 18th to wrap up a 66.

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Update No. 32: 7:32 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda's first back-to-back birdies of the day come at Nos. 7-8 and pull him within two shots of leader Ben Martin with one hole to play. Svoboda's best career finish on Tour is T-15 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October, the second event of the 2013-14 wraparound season.

Robert Streb also is climbing late, a birdie at No. 16 his fourth of the back nine after running off three straight on Nos. 11-13. Streb is T-4 at 10 under.

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Update No. 32: 7:28 p.m. EDT

Let's check in again on the players in the Zurich Classic field who are in the top 35 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:

  • 13. Justin Rose: T-21 at 6 under (71-67)
  • 17. Graham DeLaet: T-12, 7 under (69-68)
  • 23. Charley Hoffman: T-7, 9 under (68-67)
  • 26. Ryan Palmer: T-83, 1 shot outside cut line (71-72)
  • 30. Keegan Bradley: T-7, 9 under (69-66)
  • 35. J.B. Holmes: T-10, 8 under (71-65)

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Update No. 31: 7:12 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-5 seventh moves Andrew Svoboda to second place, three shots back of leader Ben Martin with two holes to play. Svoboda hit the ball in a fairway bunker and laid up before wedging inside 10 feet and making his fourth birdie putt of the day, two on each nine.

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Update No. 30: 6:48 p.m. EDT

Closing with four pars, Retief Goosen wraps up a 65 that ties the day's second-best number with J.B. Holmes and moves Goosen to T-12 at 7 under – eight back of leader Ben Martin, but "moving day" is around the corner and capable of doing unusual things. Goosen will chase his first win since the 2009 Transitions Championship.

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Update No. 29: 6:17 p.m. EDT

Wrapping up his second-round 66 with a birdie at the 18th, Keegan Bradley gets to T-5 at 9 under as he heads in. Six shots back of leader Ben Martin, Bradley this weekend will chase his first win since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone and his third top-10 finish this season; he finished second at last month's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Update No. 28: 5:51 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda's third birdie of the day, all in the last seven holes, lifts him to T-2 at 11 under, four back of leader Ben Martin. Svoboda, a St. Johns product, won twice last year on the Web.com Tour and is looking for his first PGA Tour win.

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Update No. 27: 5:34 p.m. EDT

Jeff Overton birdies Nos. 6-7, giving him four in his last eight holes as he rises to T-4 at 9 under. Overton, who played collegiately at Indiana, is looking for his third top-10 of the season.

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Update No. 26: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Retief Goosen isn't just bogey-free through 14 holes today, he's also got seven birdies while climbing to T-9 at 7 under. The South African and two-time U.S. Open winner is seeking his third top-10 finish this season.

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Update No. 25: 4:51 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda birdies the 17th to get his round to 2 under, moving to solo third at 10 under as he nears the turn and pulling within five of leader Ben Martin.

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Update No. 24: 4:32 p.m. EDT

David Duval gets his round under par with a birdie at the 12th, two early bogeys erased by two birdies on the front. Duval, after a 4-under 68 Thursday, is T-19 at 5 under.

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Update No. 23: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley looks to move to T-3 by reaching the par-5 11th in two, leaving himself with a 40-footer or so for eagle. He runs that one past but keeps it inside 5 feet – the birdie comebacker, however, lips out 270 degrees. Bradley taps in for par to remain 5 under for the day, T-5 at 8 under.

Course pro Brian Long says it's a demanding hole and shows his strategy for playing it.

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Update No. 22: 4:12 p.m. EDT

At the 10th, Keegan Bradley adds another birdie to get his round to 5 under, rising to T-5 at 8 under.

Andrew Svoboda birdies No. 14 to move to T-3 at 9 under, at six back the closest pursuer this afternoon to leader Ben Martin.

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Update No. 21: 4:04 p.m. EDT

The low rounds of the afternoon wave are at 4 under, with five players on that mark: Keegan Bradley, Tommy Gainey, Retief Goosen (all through nine holes), Paul Casey and Jim Renner (12).

They've got to have big back nines to catch Bo Van Pelt – whose 63 was just a shot off leader Ben Martin's course record a day earlier.

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Update No. 20: 3:55 p.m. EDT

After an opening-round 74, a 70 doesn't seem to be enough to get defending champion Billy Horschel into weekend play at TPC Avondale.

The projected cut line is at 2 under. Horschel is T-97 at even par. In fact, everyone in his group this week is going home early: Rickie Fowler (75-72) and Patrick Reed (74-76) also will MC. Did an apparent trick shot by Fowler in the pro-am jinx them all?

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Update No. 19: 3:27 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 6-7 give Erik Compton a lift to T-4 at 8 under as he approaches the turn. The Georgia Bulldogs product and recipient of the Tour's inaugural Courage Award in 2013 is looking for his second top-10 finish of the season.

Compton and Andrew Svoboda are the closest golfers on the course to leader Ben Martin; both are seven shots back with some work to do if they are to close the gap.

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Update No. 18: 3:14 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the players in the Zurich Classic field who are in the top 35 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:

  • 13. Justin Rose: T-10 at 6 under (67 today)
  • 17. Graham DeLaet: T-32, 3 under (even through eight holes today)
  • 23. Charley Hoffman: Third, 9 under (67)
  • 26. Ryan Palmer: T-81, 1 under (72)
  • 30. Keegan Bradley: T-22, 4 under (1 under through six)
  • 35. J.B. Holmes: T-4, 8 under (65)

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Update No. 17: 2:41 p.m. EDT

With the exception of Andrew Svoboda, who's about to tee off, it takes 68 or better today to get into the T-4 mix or higher on the leaderboard.

"I got off to a great start today, which I think was big," Leader Ben Martin told Golf Channel. "I think sometimes there can be a letdown after a really good round." Martin also said his troubles just before the turn might have been easier to bounce back from because he started a new nine after the second miscue, a double bogey at No. 18 that had followed a bogey.

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Update No. 16: 2:14 p.m. EDT

With a tee shot to about 5 feet at the par-3 ninth hole, leader Ben Martin gives himself one last birdie opportunity before heading into the weekend – and sinks the putt for a 67. We'll wait to see how costly his bogey and double bogey just before making the turn today will prove down the road, but he heads to the clubhouse with a four-shot lead over Seung-Yul Noh.

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Update No. 15: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin has finally erased his bogey-double bogey stretch before the turn with the third birdie of his second nine. He's 4 under for the day with two holes to play, and at 14 under is three shots clear of Seung-Yul Noh.

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Update No. 14: 1:51 p.m. EDT

The difference in making the cut for Josh Teater might be his hole-in-one earlier today. He sandwiched his ace at No. 17 in between two bogeys before he made the turn, then birdied three times from Nos. 2-5 en route to a 69 that has him T-56 at 2 under. We'll see how he holds up – by the way, it's the fifth hole-in-one of the season, the Tour says.

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Update No. 13: 1:42 p.m. EDT

Seung-Yul Noh wraps up a 68 with three straight pars, keeping himself bogey free through two rounds and heading to the clubhouse alone in second. At 11 under, he's two shots back of leader Ben Martin and a shot ahead of Charley Hoffman.

J.B. Holmes signs for a 7-under 65 that boosts him to T-4 at 8 under, alongside Andrew Svoboda as he starts his round.

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Update No. 12: 1:36 p.m. EDT

Bo Van Pelt is 7 under today through 16 holes, with six birdies and an eagle against a bogey. That lifts him to T-16 at 5 under as the Oklahoma State product look for his third top 25 of the season and first since November.

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Update No. 11: 12:55 p.m. EDT

Another birdie for Seung-Yul Noh comes at No. 15 to lift him to 11 under and within a shot of leader Ben Martin, who has parred two straight – but the latter hits his approach at No. 4 to about 5 feet and sinks a birdie putt to get back to 13 under and again lead by two.

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Update No. 10: 12:26 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-4 13th hole pulls Seung-Yul Noh back within two shots of leader Ben Martin. Noh, of South Korea, is bogey-free for the week as he looks for his second top-10 finish of the season.

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Update No. 9: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin gets a shot back at No. 1 after making the turn and climbs back to 12 under, his lead again three shots over Seung-Yul Noh.

A quartet of players have moved to 5 under for their round, all on the back nine: Kevin Chappell, D.A. Points, John Rollins and Daniel Summerhays. Chappell and Summerhays are highest on the leaderboard, T-9 at 5 under.

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Update No. 8: 11:54 a.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin finds trouble again, this time at No. 18 after hitting his tee shot in the water and going on to make double bogey. That drops him to 1 under today as he makes the turn and 11 under for the tourney, his lead down to two shots over Seung-Yul Noh.

Robert Allenby and David Toms join the 4-under-for-the-day crowd, Allenby through 11 holes with an eagle at No. 2 and Toms through 12 with an eagle at No. 3. Allenby is T-9 at 5 under while Toms is T-28 at 3 under.

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Update No. 7: 11:43 a.m. EDT

Kevin Chappell and Bo Van Pelt might be taking aim at leader Ben Martin's freshly minted course record; they're 4 under through eight and nine holes today, respectively, with Van Pelt having just bogeyed. Also 4 under today but running out of room to challenge a 62: D.A. Points (through 11 holes), John Rollins (14), Daniel Summerhays (12) and Josh Teater (14).

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Update No. 6: 11:29 a.m. EDT

On his 26th hole of the week, leader Ben Martin's first bogey of the tournament drops him to 13 under, four shots ahead of Seung-Yul Noh.

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Update No. 5: 11:16 a.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin has parred three straight holes and remains 14 under. Seung-Yul Noh climbs to 9 under with a birdie at No. 8; he's alone in second with Andrew Svoboda and Michael Thompson T-3 another shot back.

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Update No. 4: 10:58 a.m. EDT

Michael Thompson makes the turn at 2 under as he climbs to T-2 at 8 under, alongside Seung-Yul Noh and Andrew Svoboda. Thompson's last two starts came in Texas before the Masters, T-16 at the Valero Texas Open and T-61 at the Shell Houston Open.

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Update No. 3: 10:39 a.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin adds his second birdie of the day at No. 13, which combined with his eagle at No. 11 has him 4 under today and 14 under, six shots ahead of three players.

Things have been falling into place for the Clemson product, as evidenced by his chip-in just over the lip at No. 17 before he finished off a first-round 62.

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Update No. 2: 10:31 a.m. EDT

David Toms, an LSU product playing in his home state, is 3 under through seven holes today to move to T-38 at 2 under. Toms birdied Nos. 10-11 to start his round and added another at No. 15.

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Update No. 1: 10:26 a.m. EDT

With a birdie-eagle start, leader Ben Martin picks right up where he left off yesterday. That stretches his lead to five shots, and he follows with a par to stand 13 under.

Seung-Yul Noh is 1 under for the day, T-2 at 8 under alongside Andrew Svoboda, who has an afternoon tee time.

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Thursday's coverage

• 5 Things: Martin breaks record; Duval shines; more

Ben Martin broke the TPC Louisiana course record by two shots in taking a two-shot lead at the Zurich Classic on Thursday. Martin's 10-under 62 was bogey free and saw him sprint past Andrew Svoboda, who set the early pace with an 8-under 64 that tied the course record. Here are 5 Things to know from Thursday's first round:

• Tracker: Martin moves out front with record 62

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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