Recap: Martin wins Shriners Open

Ben Martin seized the lead with a 9-under 62 on Saturday, but was caught by Kevin Streelman on the back nine Sunday during the final round – before Martin turned the tables, reclaimed the lead and won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Thanks in large part to an eagle down the stretch, Martin earns his first PGA Tour victory.


Recap the highlights from TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas right here – and also be sure to scroll down for our tournament coverage to date:

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Update No. 20: 7:58 p.m. EDT

After driving it in the fairway at the 18th, leader Ben Martin finds the green. Two putts through the shadows and he can earn his first Tour win. But he takes care of it in one – and is your winner by two shots.

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Update No. 19: 7:46 p.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin keeps it dry at the par-3 17th, well right and short of the pin but on the green. He lags close and raps in his par putt to remain out front by a shot heading to the last hole.

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Update No. 18: 7:38 p.m. EDT

Ben Martin leapfrogs back into the outright lead with an eagle at the 16th to get back under par for the day as well. He moves to 19 under – one ahead of Kevin Streelman, who just misses a birdie try at the 18th and settles for par wrap up a 65.

Webb Simpson closes with a bogey for a 68 to head in T-3 at 15 under.

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Update No. 17: 7:28 p.m. EDT

Kevin Streelman birdies the 17th to take the lead outright again, moving to 18 under and a shot clear of Ben Martin.

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Update No. 16: 7:24 p.m. EDT

Ben Martin moves back into a share of the lead with a birdie at the 15th – his first since the second hole. He’s at 17 under alongside Kevin Streelman. It’s an ACC battle, by the way – Martin of Clemson and Streelman of Duke tied for the lead, with third-place Webb Simpson of Wake Forest a shot back.

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Update No. 15: 7:19 p.m. EDT

Kevin Streelman takes the lead outright by reaching the green in two at the par-5 16th and two-putts for birdie, moving to 17 under.

Webb Simpson is still hot, birdieing the 17th to move into a tie for second at 16 under alongside third-round leader Ben Martin.

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Update No. 14: 7:08 p.m. EDT

Defending champ Webb Simpson birdies the 13th and 15th holes – then eagles the 16th hole as he pulls within a shot of co-leaders Ben Martin and Kevin Streelman.

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Update No. 13: 7:01 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the 15th is Kevin Streelman’s third in four holes – and pulls him into a share of the lead with Ben Martin at 16 under. Martin pars the 13th. Jimmy Walker is among four players T-3 and two shots back, with nine more players another shot back and T-7 at 13 under.

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Update No. 12: 6:43 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12-13 pull Kevin Streelman within a shot of leader Ben Martin. Streelman is looking for his third Tour win, having won one in each of the last two seasons, while Martin seeks his first.

Martin steadies himself a bit with a par at No. 12.

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Update No. 11: 6:33 p.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin bogeys the 11th to drop to 1 over for the day. He owns a two-shot margin at 16 under with four players T-2: Tony Finau, David Hearn, Kevin Streelman and Jimmy Walker. Another seven players are T-6 at 13 under. Hang tight, folks.

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Update No. 10: 5:49 p.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin and Russell Knox, playing in the final group, miss the green at the par-3 eighth and neither can get up and down. The lead remains 3, with Martin at 17 under, but Knox falls into a tie for second with Scott Piercy. Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama are among seven players T-4 another shot back.

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Update No. 9: 5:26 p.m. EDT

Nick Watney, by the way, shot 66 to move to 9 under, good for T-9 as things stand. Watney’s bogey-free round saw him card all five of his birdies between Nos. 7 and 15.

Leader Ben Martin remains 18 under through six holes, with Russell Knox still in solo second.

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Update No. 8: 4:55 p.m. EDT

Russell Knox quickly erases his mistake at No. 3 with a chip-in off the flagstick at No. 4 to move back to even par for the day and 15 under. Leader Ben Martin two-putts for par to remain 18 under, leading by three.

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Update No. 7: 4:49 p.m. EDT

Russell Knox opens with two pars but bogeys the third, stretching leader Ben Martin’s margin to four shots early in the final round. Knox is T-2 at 14 under with Andrew Svoboda, who is 1 under today with a birdie at the third.

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Update No. 6: 4:38 p.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin drives it into the rough on the second hole, but hits it to about 20 feet from there and rolls the putt in for his first birdie of the day. That stretches his lead to three shots over Russell Knox.

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Update No. 5: 4:21 p.m. EDT

Brooks Koepka and Kevin Streelman card early birdies to move to T-3 at 13 under, Koepka at the second hole and Streelman at the first. Each is 1 under through three holes.

Leader Ben Martin opens with a par to remain out front by two shots at 17 under.

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Update No. 4: 3:54 p.m. EDT

Adam Hadwin gives himself one last look at birdie today, finding the 18th fairway and hitting his approach inside 20 feet. He makes par, though, for a 63 that has him T-3 with leader-in-the-clubhouse status as Ben Martin prepares to start his final round.

Carlos Ortiz birdies the last for a 66 that pushes him to T-12 at 11 under as he heads in.

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Update No. 3: 3:47 p.m. EDT

With an eagle-bogey-birdie finish, Aaron Baddeley wraps up a 66 to rise to 9 under; that’s good for T-24 as things stand. The Aussie got his 2014-15 season started with a T-31 finish in last week’s Open.

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Update No. 2: 3:36 p.m. EDT

At the 16th, another birdie lifts Adam Hadwin to T-3 at 13 under, four back of leader Ben Martin. Hadwin follows with a par and is bogey-free today, having made the turn at 5 under thanks to four straight birdies at Nos. 4-7; he’s scattered three birdies on the back nine.

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Update No. 1: 3:20 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker and Martin Laird open with birdies to move to T-5 at 12 under alongside six others. They’re five back of leader Ben Martin, who’s set to tee off in about 40 minutes.

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Early risers

Adam Hadwin is treating Sunday like it’s “moving day,” 7 under through 15 holes to move to T-5 at 12 under.

With the leaders yet to tee off, Hadwin is the low man on the course. Whee Kim has carded the day’s low round so far, a 3-under 68 that lifted him to 7 under for the week and T-40 as things stand.

Like Hadwin, Carlos Ortiz figures to challenge Kim’s round; the North Texas product from Mexico is 5 under through 15.

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Saturday’s coverage

5 Things: Ben Martin takes control at Shriners Open

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Friday’s coverage

5 Things: A. Putnam, Knox share Shriners lead; Cink’s sandy 8; more

With two rounds complete in Las Vegas, it’s Andrew Putnam and Russell Knox tied atop the leaderboard at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Thursday’s coverage

5 Things: Lyle makes charge at Shriners Open

Stewart Cink and Martin Laird sit atop the leaderboard through 18 holes, but it was Jarrod Lyle who stole the show at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas Thursday.

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