Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Ben Martin Marches On April 25 2014
Ben Martin / Getty ImagesBen added a second round -5 under par 67 to his first round record breaking 62, to remain at the top of the leaderboard in the Zurich Classic, with a 15 under par total for his 36 holes. That score easily beats the 36-hole scoring record at TPC Louisiana. He has increased his lead over the field to three shots, and is sure he could not have done any better, even though he has been receiving coaching from the Big Man upstairs; “Overall, I don’t think it could have gone much better. I started thinking ahead a little bit and I thought, man, maybe I can do this again. Yesterday I really felt like I stayed in the moment on every shot, I wasn’t worried about what had happened previously or what was coming up. I wanted to just try to do that again on the second nine.” “I have a scripture written in my yardage book from Galatians 6 and it kind of talks about basing your performance on how you’re working and not worrying about what anybody else is doing. So I’ve been reading that constantly throughout the round. I’m going to go do what I’ve got to do, and we’ll add them up at the end.” Andrew Svoboda is still in second place, three shots off the pace with second round -4 under par 68, and a -12 under par total. Seung-Yul Noh and Robert Streb are tied in third at -11 under par for the tournament. Seung-Yul also carded a -4 under par second round while Robert signed for a very respectable -6 under par 66. David Duval has made the cut and is making good progress, his opening rounds of 68-69 , the first time since August 2011 that he has opened a tournament with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He reported that it was a gutsy performance; “Today was a little guttier, I hit the ball a little better yesterday, but all I know is I have this day. Even after yesterday’s round everybody was talking about winning the golf tournament. I’ve got to get to the weekend first.” “I have a good opportunity, but at the same time my game plan doesn’t change, I’ve got this weekend. That’s what I’ve got right now, for the foreseeable future.” Another big name Ernie Els did not make the cut, missing out by just one shot. He was joined by defending champion Billy Horschel, and surprisingly Rickie Fowler.