Ben Martin wins 1st PGA Tour title in Las Vegas

Russell Knox hits off the first tee during the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
John Locher

LAS VEGAS (AP) Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole that sent him to his first PGA Tour victory Sunday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Martin was one shot behind Kevin Streelman when his eagle put him back in the lead. He closed with a birdie for a 3-under 68 and a two-shot victory at the TPC Summerlin. The 27-year-old from South Carolina won in his 56th career start.

Moments after Martin made his eagle putt, Streelman missed a 5-foot birdie putt that would have tied him for the lead. Streelman still made five birdies over his last seven holes for a 65.

Martin finished at 20-under 264. The victory sends him back to the Masters. Martin played Augusta National in 2010 as the U.S. Amateur runner-up.

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