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Ben Martin Wins Four-way Playoff at ULC at Victoria National

Victoria National was so nice the four players in the playoff at the United Leasing Championship decided they needed another day on the course to finish off the tournament.
Victoria National was so nice the four players in the playoff at the United Leasing Championship decided they needed another day on the course to finish off the tournament. Well, not quite a whole day. Only one hole.

    A 7:45am CDT was pushed back to 9:07am thanks to yet another rain delay.  The players had to wait it out in the dining area with a mere $108,000 on the line.  Joe Affrunti, Billy Hurley III, Ashley Hall and Ben Martin drew out of a hat for honors off the treacherous 18th tee.  Hurley III and Hall both hit their tee shots into the water, and Hall followed that up with another in the drink to put him out of it quickly, Hurley III laid up in the middle of the fairway just hoping to escape with a bogey.

    Ben Martin put the pressure on the rest of the foursome with a perfect fairway wood to the middle of the short grass, leaving mid-iron into the green. Affrunti pulled a driver from the bag and blasted one into the rough just in front of the fairway bunker.  His ball, however, would bury itself into the lush, wet grass and he would be forced to pitch out.

    Martin flushed his second shot, which landed on the front side of the green and motored its way down to about 20-25 feet.  Affrunti made a good run at the back-right pin, hitting his ball into the backstop and spinning it back to about six feet.

    Martin missed the tournament-clinching birdie putt, opening the door for Affrunti to make par and push it to a second playoff hole.  Affrunti gave the putt a good roll, but it just missed left, lipping out and coming to rest about a foot away. 

    Martin would go on to drain his tap-in par putt to become the second champion at the United Leasing Championship at Victoria National.
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