Zurich Classic 2014: Ben Martin sets a course record, leads at 10-under

Chris Graythen

Birdies were plentiful once again at the Zurich Classic, led by Ben Martin, who holds the first-round lead after a record-setting day.

Low scores at the Zurich Classic are nothing new. The birdie-friendly setup of TPC Louisiana typically leads to a number of rounds in the mid-60s. Calm weather conditions made scoring conditions even more optimal on Thursday and Ben Martin took advantage, carding a 10-under 62 to take the first round lead.

Martin's round of 10-under was good enough to set a new course record. He bettered the previous course record of 64, which was tied earlier in the round by Andrew Svoboda. Martin got the round off to a great start, opening with back-to-back birdies. Following a par at No. 3, he carded another pair of birdies, a trend for his round. He birdied eight of his first 11 holes, with three pars sandwiched between four back-to-back sets of birdies. Martin carded a 30 on the front nine and while he cooled off some on the back, he closed the round strong with a birdie on No. 17 to move to 10-under. In addition to making a whopping 10 birdies, he avoided any mistakes and did not drop a shot.

It was an impressive round for the 26-year-old Martin, who's struggled to gain solid footing on the PGA Tour since turning pro in 2010. Martin made 17 cuts in 42 events on the PGA Tour, bouncing between the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour. He's playing the PGA Tour full time this year and has had some success with a pair of top 10 finishes.

Despite bettering the course record by two strokes, Martin will begin the second round with just a two-stroke lead. Svoboda shot an 8-under 64 joining seven others for the then course record. Peter Hanson and Seung-Yul Noh are just three strokes off the lead after shooting rounds of 65. A total of 10 players shot 67 or better and 82 players carded a score in the red.

Rickie Fowler was not one of those players, as he had some issues in the opening round. He finished with four bogeys and a double, needing a birdie on No. 18 to finish at 3-over, 13 shots off the lead. He didn't get off to a very good start, with a bogey-six at the par-5 second hole. He followed that up with a bogey at No. 4. Fowler wasn't the only notable name having some issues. Defending champion Billy Horschel has a lot of ground to make up if he's going to repeat as champion. He opened the tournament with a round of 74, putting him in a tie for 114th place.

Here is a full look at the leaderboard through 18 holes:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

1

Ben Martin

-10

62

2

Andrew Svoboda

-8

64

T3

Peter Hanson

-7

65

T3

Seung-yul Noh

-7

65

T5

Erik Compton

-6

66

T5

Chad Collins

-6

66

T5

Michael Thompson

-6

66

T8

Jeff Overton

-5

67

T8

Stuart Appleby

-5

67

T8

Robert Streb

-5

67

T11

Doug LaBelle II

-4

68

T11

David Lingmerth

-4

68

T11

David Duval

-4

68

T11

Charles Howell III

-4

68

T11

J.J. Henry

-4

68

T11

D.H. Lee

-4

68

T11

Sang-Moon Bae

-4

68

T11

Charley Hoffman

-4

68

T11

Will Wilcox

-4

68

T20

Graham Delaet

-3

69

T20

Nick Watney

-3

69

T20

Carl Pettersson

-3

69

T20

Rory Sabbatini

-3

69

T20

Keegan Bradley

-3

69

T20

Cameron Beckman

-3

69

T20

Chris DiMarco

-3

69

T20

Joe Durant

-3

69

T20

Roberto Castro

-3

69

T20

Chris Stroud

-3

69

T20

Kevin Kisner

-3

69

T20

Brice Garnett

-3

69

T20

John Merrick

-3

69

T20

Spencer Levin

-3

69

T20

Kevin Foley

-3

69

T20

Shawn Stefani

-3

69

T36

Luke Guthrie

-2

70

T36

Padraig Harrington

-2

70

T36

Chad Campbell

-2

70

T36

Martin Laird

-2

70

T36

John Senden

-2

70

T36

Ben Curtis

-2

70

T36

Charlie Wi

-2

70

T36

Ricky Barnes

-2

70

T36

Tim Wilkinson

-2

70

T36

Kevin Tway

-2

70

T36

Alex Prugh

-2

70

T36

Scott McCarron

-2

70

T36

Morgan Hoffmann

-2

70

T36

Andres Romero

-2

70

T36

Vijay Singh

-2

70

T36

Scott Langley

-2

70

T36

Bronson La'Cassie

-2

70

T36

Lee Williams

-2

70

T54

Paul Casey

-1

71

T54

Dicky Pride

-1

71

T54

Briny Baird

-1

71

T54

Kyle Stanley

-1

71

T54

Tommy Gainey

-1

71

T54

Sean O'Hair

-1

71

T54

Will MacKenzie

-1

71

T54

Greg Chalmers

-1

71

T54

Richard Lee

-1

71

T54

Max Homa

-1

71

T54

Troy Merritt

-1

71

T54

Billy Hurley III

-1

71

T54

Tag Ridings

-1

71

T54

Jerry Kelly

-1

71

T54

Danny Lee

-1

71

T54

Mark Calcavecchia

-1

71

T54

David Hearn

-1

71

T54

Justin Rose

-1

71

T54

Boo Weekley

-1

71

T54

Lucas Glover

-1

71

T54

Robert Allenby

-1

71

T54

Derek Ernst

-1

71

T54

J.B. Holmes

-1

71

T54

Ryan Palmer

-1

71

T54

Bud Cauley

-1

71

T54

Andrew Loupe

-1

71

T54

Brooks Koepka

-1

71

T54

Edward Loar

-1

71

T54

Ken Looper

-1

71

T83

Nicholas Thompson

E

72

T83

Martin Flores

E

72

T83

Tim Petrovic

E

72

T83

Retief Goosen

E

72

T83

Ted Potter, Jr.

E

72

T83

Geoff Ogilvy

E

72

T83

Rich Beem

E

72

T83

Troy Matteson

E

72

T83

John Mallinger

E

72

T83

Mark Anderson

E

72

T83

Fabian Gomez

E

72

T83

Camilo Villegas

E

72

T83

Freddie Jacobson

E

72

T83

Daniel Summerhays

E

72

T83

Ernie Els

E

72

T83

Y.E. Yang

E

72

T83

Brian Davis

E

72

T83

Kevin Chappell

E

72

T83

Alex Aragon

E

72

T102

Ken Duke

1

73

T102

Robert Garrigus

1

73

T102

Benjamin Alvarado

1

73

T102

Josh Teater

1

73

T102

D.A. Points

1

73

T102

David Toms

1

73

T102

Brendan Steele

1

73

T102

Scott Verplank

1

73

T102

Russell Knox

1

73

T102

Cameron Tringale

1

73

T102

Tyrone van Aswegen

1

73

T102

Hudson Swafford

1

73

T114

William McGirt

2

74

T114

Kevin Stadler

2

74

T114

Harrison Frazar

2

74

T114

Mike Weir

2

74

T114

Peter Malnati

2

74

T114

Brady Watt

2

74

T114

Scott Gardiner

2

74

T114

John Rollins

2

74

T114

Stephen Ames

2

74

T114

Trevor Immelman

2

74

T114

Billy Horschel

2

74

T114

Scott Stallings

2

74

T114

Patrick Reed

2

74

T114

Jonathan Byrd

2

74

T114

Heath Slocum

2

74

T114

Bo Van Pelt

2

74

T114

Wes Roach

2

74

T114

Brad Fritsch

2

74

T114

Jim Herman

2

74

T133

Thorbjorn Olesen

3

75

T133

Jim Renner

3

75

T133

George McNeill

3

75

T133

Woody Austin

3

75

T133

Steve Marino

3

75

T133

Jamie Lovemark

3

75

T133

Miguel Angel Carballo

3

75

T133

Rickie Fowler

3

75

T133

Dustin Morris

3

75

T133

David Bradshaw

3

75

T143

Matt Every

4

76

T143

Mark Wilson

4

76

T143

Robert Gates

4

76

T143

Greg Owen

4

76

T143

Matt Bettencourt

4

76

T143

Daniel Chopra

4

76

T143

John Peterson

4

76

T143

Ben Crane

4

76

T143

James Driscoll

4

76

152

Thomas Aiken

5

77

153

Garrett Osborn

6

78

T154

Tim Herron

7

79

T154

James Hahn

7

79

T154

Neal Ajubita

7

79

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