AVONDALE, La. – When Ben Martin played junior golf, his father, Jim, would tell him his demeanor should be the same every time he walked off a green, whether he made a birdie or a double bogey.
That might explain why Martin seemed so calm when his game briefly unraveled Friday in the middle of the second round of the Zurich Classic, and why he righted himself quickly enough to post the best two-round score ever at TPC Louisiana.
Martin, who shot a course-record 62 Thursday, shook off his first bogey and double bogey of the tournament to finish with a 5-under-par 67 on Friday, putting him at 15 under — three shots ahead of closest pursuer Andrew Svoboda (68).
If the 26-year-old Martin can continue to show that type of composure, he might capture his first PGA Tour victory.
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“That’s my personality in general. Sometimes my wife gets mad at me because I don’t get excited about anything,” Martin said. “And then I don’t get down too much, either. That’s golf. You can’t expect to shoot 62 every day.”
Kyle Stanley (67) of Gig Harbor and ex-Washington Huskies player Alex Prugh (68) of Spokane were among those tied for 22nd place at 6 under.
Players with 36-hole scores of 143 and worse missed the cut, a group that included ex-UW Husky Richard H. Lee (71-73—144).
Putnam has lead
MIDLAND, Texas – Andrew Putnam, who is from University Place, leads after two rounds of the Web.com Tour’s WNB Golf Classic.
Putnam shot another 6-under 66 and was at 12 under, one stroke ahead of Tom Gillis (64).
Former UW Husky Nick Taylor (70) was tied for 19th place at 5 under.
DALY CITY, Calif. – Stacy Lewis overcame rain and hail to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, shooting her second straight 3-under 69 at Lake Merced.
“It was a test of patience,” Lewis said.
Winless since the Women’s British Open in August, the third-ranked Lewis had a one-stroke lead over 17-year-old playing partner Lydia Ko (71) and first-round leader Karine Icher (73).
Jimin Kang (73), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, was tied for 70th place at 5 over.
• Alexander Levy of France shot a career-best, 10-under 62 to open a four-shot lead over Adrian Otaegui (66) of Spain after two rounds of the China Open in Shenzhen.