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Martin Flores says his golf game is maturing

Martin Flores, under the watchful eye of First Tee caddie Marget Lewis, says his game has matured. Flores will be making his third start at Colonial on Thursday.
Martin Flores, under the watchful eye of First Tee caddie Marget Lewis, says his game has matured. Flores will be making his third start at Colonial on Thursday. Star-Telegram

Despite earning over $1 million last season and finishing 112th in the FedEx Cup standings, Mansfield High graduate Martin Flores is still seeking his first win after four full seasons on the PGA Tour.

And while the consistency has been there to keep his Tour card for three consecutive seasons, the desire to win burns hotter than ever for the former University of Oklahoma standout.

He’s making his third Colonial start Thursday after skipping the event last season.

“I feel like I’m closer than I’ve ever been to doing the things I need to get a win out here,” he said. “Just to come back here and see all those names and the history on the wall here at the first tee of Colonial is motivation enough.

“My swing feels great and now it’s just a matter of continuing to do what I’ve been doing and hole a lot more putts.”

For Flores, the latter has been a problem as he ranks 138th in total putting despite ranking 33rd among Tour players in driving distance.

The putting stats also shed light on his inability to convert birdie chances early this season despite ranking 33rd in eagles with eight made on the season.

Flores has played Colonial three times, missing the cut in 2010 before ties for 26th and 14th in 2012 and 2013.

“This year’s results don’t show it, but it’s the most progress I’ve made,” Flores said. “My game is a lot more polished now, I’m a better driver of the ball, a lot smarter with how to play the game and have a better strategy in navigating courses.

“Really every part of my game has improved since college.”

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