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By Stephanie Wei under British Open

As Ben Martin’s wife Kelly found out earlier this year, the English language can be tricky at times when it comes to golf-speak.

Martin’s sister-in-law Emily got engaged and asked Kelly for dates when Ben wouldn’t have a tournament conflicting with the wedding, so at the start of the year, Kelly went through the calendar and marked down all the tournaments that Ben might be playing.

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Well, round one of matches at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship is in the books, and boy, that was a lot of golf for a day! I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened, but that’s nearly impossible (and I don’t want to spend all night writing up every single match), so let’s just take a look at the key match-ups and a few of the upsets.

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By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Ben Martin in the third round at Q-school

Five rounds down, one to go for PGA Tour hopefuls at Orange County National for PGA Tour Q-School. Veteran Billy Mayfair and former US Amateur runner-up Ben Martin are tied for the lead at 16-under through 90 holes in the 108-hole marathon. If all goes as planned, Mayfair will earn back his card and Martin will secure his in his first try.

The final round of Q-school is one of the most nerve-wracking days in professional golf — it’s where greatness or absolute disaster can change a player’s life. For 25 players (and ties), they will be competing on the PGA Tour next year, while for others, it’s another year grinding it out on in the minor leagues before they’ll have another shot. There’s so much emphasis on finishing in the top-25, but even if you’re out of the running, every shot still matters because the guys are still playing for status on the Nationwide Tour.

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