Martin secures maiden title

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Ben Martin won his first title on the PGA Tour on Sunday after finishing the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on 20-under-par.

The 27-year leaped to the front of the leaderboard when thanks to a third round 62 in Las Vegas, but struggled to replicate that form during Sunday’s final round and in the end needed an eagle on the 16th to move to the front once again after Webb Simpson and Kevin Streelman had closed the gap and went into the final hour of play in a tie for the lead.

Streelman carded a 65 to finish in second place on 18-under, two strokes behind Martin (68), while Simpson had to settle for a tie of fourth place on 15-under after notching a 68.

Russel Knox, who went into the final round in second place, dropped back to third after a final round 71 after struggling on the front nine – he bogeyed the third and eighth before a double bogey on nine all but ruled him out of contention despite birdies on 14, 15 and 16.

I tried to take the same mindset into today as I have had all week. I’ve been playing well all week,” he told www.pgatour.com.

“Playing with a little bit of a lead, a little bit of a cushion, I think I was more conservative just because I didn’t want to make any mistakes early and I never really hit it close and got much going.

“It was a tough course to have the lead at because you know that just hitting the middle of the green and making pars wasn’t going to get it done so to finish it off and finally get a couple of putts to go in there at the end was obviously huge.”

Simpson was joined by Jimmy Walker, who fired a 69, and Brooks Koepka, who notched a 68 in a tie for fourth.

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