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Martin takes a 3-shot lead

Ben Martin chips into the hole for an eagle on the 11th hole during the Zurich Classic tournament.
Ben Martin chips into the hole for an eagle on the 11th hole during the Zurich Classic tournament. AP
AVONDALE, La. - When Ben Martin played junior golf, his father, Jim, would tell him that his demeanor should be the same every time he walked off a green, whether he made birdie or 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 course-record 62 on Thursday, shook off his first bogey and double bogey of the tournament to finish with a 67 on Friday, putting him at 15 under - 3 shots ahead of closest pursuer Andrew Svoboda.

If the 26-year-old Martin can continue to show that type of composure, he might capture his first PGA Tour victory.

"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."

LPGA Tour

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.

Winless since the Women's British Open in August, the third-ranked Lewis had a 1-stroke lead over 17-year-old playing partner Lydia Ko and first-round leader Karine Icher.

The Results

Zurich Classic

In Avondale, La.

Second Round

Ben Martin. . . 62-67–129

Andrew Svoboda. . . 64-68–132

Seung-Yul Noh. . . 65-68–133

Robert Streb. . . 67-66–133

Erik Compton. . . 66-68–134

Peter Hanson. . . 65-69–134

Charley Hoffman. . . 68-67–135

Jeff Overton. . . 67-68–135

Keegan Bradley. . . 69-66–135

J.B. Holmes. . . 71-65–136

Will Wilcox. . . 68-68–136

Michael Thompson. . . 66-71–137

Bo Van Pelt. . . 74-63–137

Graham DeLaet. . . 69-68–137

David Duval. . . 68-69–137

Retief Goosen. . . 72-65–137

Tommy Gainey. . . 71-66–137

J.J. Henry. . . 68-69–137

Chad Collins. . . 66-71–137

Mark Anderson. . . 72-65–137

Kevin Kisner. . . 69-68–137

Morgan Hoffmann. . . 70-68–138

Daniel Summerhays. . . 72-66–138

Justin Rose. . . 71-67–138

Kyle Stanley. . . 71-67–138

Alex Prugh. . . 70-68–138

Robert Allenby. . . 71-68–139

Kevin Chappell. . . 72-67–139

Bud Cauley. . . 71-68–139

Bronson La'Cassie. . . 70-69–139

Brooks Koepka. . . 71-68–139

Paul Casey. . . 71-68–139

Stuart Appleby. . . 67-72–139

D.H. Lee. . . 68-71–139

John Rollins. . . 74-66–140

Danny Lee. . . 71-69–140

Sang-Moon Bae. . . 68-72–140

Brendan Steele. . . 73-67–140

Briny Baird. . . 71-69–140

Martin Flores. . . 72-68–140

John Senden. . . 70-70–140

Sean O'Hair. . . 71-69–140

Joe Durant. . . 69-71–140

Troy Matteson. . . 72-68–140

Tim Wilkinson. . . 70-70–140

Troy Merritt. . . 71-69–140

Tag Ridings. . . 71-70–141

Scott McCarron. . . 70-71–141

Andres Romero. . . 70-71–141

Freddie Jacobson. . . 72-69–141

Mark Calcavecchia. . . 71-70–141

Vijay Singh. . . 70-71–141

D.A. Points. . . 73-68–141

Boo Weekley. . . 71-70–141

David Toms. . . 73-68–141

John Merrick. . . 69-72–141

Wes Roach. . . 74-67–141

Shawn Stefani. . . 69-72–141

Andrew Loupe. . . 71-70–141

Doug LaBelle II. . . 68-73–141

Luke Guthrie. . . 70-71–141

Charles Howell III. . . 68-73–141

Rory Sabbatini. . . 69-72–141

Ken Duke. . . 73-68–141

Charlie Wi. . . 70-71–141

Fabian Gomez. . . 72-69–141

Josh Teater. . . 73-69–142

Brice Garnett. . . 69-73–142

David Hearn. . . 71-71–142

Lucas Glover. . . 71-71–142

Derek Ernst. . . 71-71–142

Y.E. Yang. . . 72-70–142

Cameron Tringale. . . 73-69–142

Jim Renner. . . 75-67–142

Padraig Harrington. . . 70-72–142

Nick Watney. . . 69-73–142

Geoff Ogilvy. . . 72-70–142

Greg Chalmers. . . 71-71–142

Robert Garrigus. . . 73-69–142

Ricky Barnes. . . 70-72–142

Max Homa. . . 71-71–142

Kevin Tway. . . 70-72–142

Scott Gardiner. . . 74-68–142

Billy Hurley III. . . 71-71–142

Associated Press
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