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Ben Martin shoots 62 to take first round lead at Zurich Classic of New Orleans


These guys are good.

Andrew Svoboda fired an eight-under 64 in round one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and is losing by two strokes to Ben Martin.  Martin made 10 birdies and eight pars en route to a 10-under 62.

Svoboda tied the course record and Martin bettered it by two.

It’s only round one, but the players are going bonkers in the Big Easy.  Peter Hanson and Seung-Yul Noh are tied for third place at seven-under, and Erik Compton, Chad Collins, and Michael Thompson are tied for fifth place at six-under.

The guys in the top five are not the most well-known players, but they represent the tremendous depth on the PGA Tour.  Any given week, there are 50 players who can win, so the surprise name at the top really isn’t a surprise.

However, there are three more rounds to play, and Martin will have to keep going low to notch his first Tour win.

Former World No. 1 David Duval is at four-under and Keegan Bradley is at three-under.

Despite the low numbers, a couple of the game’s rising stars had a rough day.  Billy Horschel shot two-over and Rickie Fowler shot three-over.

Leaderboard.

Tags: 2014 Zurich Classic Of New Orleans Andrew Svoboda Ben Martin David Duval Keegan Bradley New Orleans PGA Tour