Greenwood’s Martin shines at Harbour Town
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:49 AM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- Not long after Greenwood’s Ben Martin sank a four-footer on the final hole Sunday to clinch a tie for third in the RBC Heritage, fans of his alma mater, Clemson University, serenaded him with the Tigers’ fight song.
Martin not only gave them something to cheer about, he did the same for the those who live in the Lakelands city he grew up in.
“That was special,” Martin said. “I heard a lot of Greenwood cheers and Clemson cheers and state of South Carolina cheers, so it was a good week.”
Martin finished Sunday’s round with his lowest score of the tournament, a 67, and carded a four-day total of 275, two strokes behind tournament winner Matt Kuchar. Martin’s third-place finish ties his PGA Tour best, set earlier this season in Puerto Rico.
Martin missed the cut in his next four events after Puerto Rico. He needed a strong finish at Hilton Head to have an easier entry into future events, so this could not have happened at a better time for him.
A change in mindset appeared to do the trick.
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