Martin wins weather-delayed United Leasing Championship|
Evansville, IN (Sports Network) - Ben Martin 2-putted for par on the first
playoff hole Monday to win the United Leasing Championship.
Martin, who closed with a 67 on Sunday, defeated Billy Hurley III, Ashley Hall
and Joe Affrunti in Monday's playoff, which was delayed by more rain.
The Monday finish was needed after a four-hour weather delay on Sunday. It was
the first Monday finish for the tour since 2006.
When play got underway Monday morning, Martin was the only player to find the
18th fairway off the tee. Hall and Hurley splashed their tee balls in the
water and Affrunti was in the left rough.
"When I drew a number and saw it was No. 1, I was pretty pleased. It's such a
tough drive because right is in the water and left is in the rough or the
bunker," Martin said. "I was happy to get it out of the way and that probably
did put a little pressure on them."
Hall dropped another ball in the water en route to a quadruple-bogey. Affrunti
and Hurley were both forced to lay up, then Martin put the pressure on as he
dropped his approach 15 feet from the hole. Hurley scrambled for a bogey,
while Affrunti also made bogey after laying up from the rough.
Martin easily 2-putted for the win at Victoria National Golf Club.
"I'm sure all four of us sitting up there on the tee would have taken a four
if they would have given it to us," Martin stated. It's a tough hole and four
is always a good score. I didn't know if I would win it with a four, but I
probably wasn't to going to lose it."
The playoff was needed because Hurley and Affrunti double-bogeyed the 17th
hole on Sunday to fall into a share of the lead. They finished at 11-under
Hall paced the leaders with a 6-under 66 in the final round, while Affrunti
carded a 70 and Hurley shot even-par 72.
Adam Hadwin (71) finished in fifth at 9-under and Alex Cejka (71) captured
sixth at minus-8.
It was a two-man race for most of the day Sunday between Hurley and Affrunti.
Affrunti birdied three in a row from the third to pull within a stroke of
Hurley just before play was halted to rain.
When the players returned to the course after a lengthy delay, Hurley regained
some cushion with a birdie at the 10th. Affrunti, meanwhile, traded a bogey at
the sixth with a birdie at the seventh before rolling in another birdie at the
12th, moving him to 12-under.
Affrunti made it two in a row with another gain at the 13th to meet Hurley
atop the leaderboard. Affrunti briefly lost his share of the lead by dropping
a shot at the 14th, but bounced right back with a birdie at the 15th.
After each player parred the 16th, the duo posted matching double bogeys at
the par-4 17th to fall into a tie with Hall and Martin, who were already in
the clubhouse at 11-under.
Hurley and Affrunti parred the 18th to force the playoff.
Hall had countered his lone bogey with seven birdies during his final round,
while Martin bounced back from a bogey at the first with six birdies over his
final 17 holes to move to 11-under.
NOTES: Martin, who earned $108,000 for the victory, won for the first time on
the Web.com Tour ... The playoff took 16 minutes and came after a 1-hour, 20-
minute weather delay ... After a week off, the tour returns to action in Utah
with the Utah Championship, where Doug LaBelle II won last year.
07/01 13:14:12 ET