Ben Martin celebrates his win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Las Vegas - Ben Martin fired a final round 68 to capture his first PGA Tour title on Sunday at
TPC Summerlin. Martin's 46 foot eagle putt on the par 5 sixteenth put him ahead for good, he
posted 20 under par for the week, finishing two strokes ahead of a hard charging Kevin Streelman.
Streelman caught fire on the back nine making five birdies in a six hole stretch (as he did earlier
in the year, when he birdied 7 in row to win the Travelers) . . . but his birdie attempt on the last
just slid by.
Holding the 54 hole lead entering Sunday, Martin started slow - he was 1 over par through the
first 14 holes Sunday . . . but played the final stretch in 4 under par, which he capped off with a nice
16 foot left to right slider on the home hole.
The win puts Ben Martin tied atop the Fedex Cup standings with Fry's winner Sang-Moon Bae, and
earns him his second trip to the Masters (he last played in 2010 as the U.S Amateur runner-up).
Russell Knox finished third at 16 under par. Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson and Brooks Koepka
finished tied for fourth (five strokes off the pace at -15).
Miko Ilonen was victorious over Henrik Stenson in the final at the Volvo World Match Play
Kent, England - Miko Ilonen became the first Finnish player to win the Volvo World Match Play,
his bogey free final round at London Golf Club resulted in a 3&1 victory over top seeded and World
Ranked No.5 Henrik Stenson. The Swede fought hard on the back nine with birdies at the tenth,
twelfth and fifteenth holes, but Ilonen was not to be denied his second title of 2014 (he won the
Irish Open in June).
Afterward, he reflected on his triumph over his friend:
“I see Henrik as one of the world's top players obviously, but I see him as my friend. He didn't
intimidate me at all. We've played so much golf together over the years, so I felt quite
comfortable playing with him. It could have gone either way really. I had a better afternoon
than he did. (If) tomorrow morning we play, it might go the other way . . . but we were
obviously playing for the trophy as hard as we could, and I came out on top.”
Joost Luiten beat George Coetze in the consolation match for third place.