Who is Ben Martin?

A lot of people are wondering who the amateur is at the top of the US Open leaderboard. Well, for one, he is a youngster with a lot of game. That is usually necessary to lead a major championship (not to mention the fact that Tiger Woods is trailing Martin by five strokes already).

Ben Martin is a student at Clemson University in South Carolina. He just completed his junior season at the golf powerhouse, and he was named first-team all-ACC in the process. In February, Martin was named ACC "Player of the Month." His stroke average for 2008-2009 was 73.00, which made Martin the second best player on his college team.

Martin made it to the US Open through the sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Maryland. He lost a playoff the year before at that qualifier, which prevented Martin from taking a shot at the US Open at Torrey Pines.

To say the least, Martin's lead is a Cinderella story. As we have seen many times, keeping up the strong play is usually a challenge.

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