EMOTIONAL MARTIN IS A MODEST MATCH-WINNER


Pablo Martin is eager to play down his role as Europe’s match-winning hero at the Royal Trophy, but admits it was a hugely emotional experience.

Martin will go into the record books as the man who holed the winning putt at the 2011 Royal Trophy – although it was the sublime chip over a bunker from the shadow of a hospitality tent to set up his tap-in birdie that will earn a place in golfing folklore.

The Spaniard’s win over Jeev Milkha Singh took Europe to the victory target of eight-and-a-half points, and they eventually completed an amazing 9-7 victory after taking seven points out of eight in the Singles.

The modest Martin shrugged off his crucial contribution, but is delighted that his name is so closely linked to a Competition founded and still presided over by fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros.

Golf legend Seve is still fighting a brave battle to regain full health after having a cancerous tumour removed from his brain in October 2009, while Martin’s father died from cancer shortly after he made a winning Royal Trophy debut last year.

Martin commented: “I want to do well to honour the memory of my father, who introduced me to the game, and to do it in an Event connected to Seve is a wonderful thing, and very emotional for me.

“Some people suggested my chip was the sort of shot Seve was famous for, but it was much easier than many of the great shots he hit.

“I had the perfect lie and it was up the hill and it was playing into the grain, so all in all, I just got really lucky. But it was great to play in this Competition, and it is nice to see that this Tournament exists because of Seve.

“He has always been a fantastic player and he’s a very good example for us not just on the golf course but also off the course.

“What he is doing now with cancer, I think it is much bigger than what he has done with any other tournament that he has ever won.

“I think he is great for everybody out there who is fighting cancer, to see him still fighting like always. It’s great to be part of something so inspirational, and I know my father would be very proud of me.”

“Pablo Martin is a great role model for young players. Not only he is an outstanding golfer, as he demonstrated today, but he also demonstrates a high degree of humility. We congratulate him on making the winning putt for Europe at the fifth edition of the Royal Trophy;” stated Lincoln Venancio, Managing Director of the Royal Trophy.

“Today was a truly special day for golf. The amazing European recovery, the fantastic weather conditions, the Black Mountain golf course in such outstanding condition – it will go down in history as a magic day of great sporting action;” concluded Lincoln Venancio.

The Royal Trophy was hosted by the Royal Thai Government; co-organized by the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Prachuap Khirikhan Province and the Hua Hin Municipality; and promoted internationally by Entertainment Group Limited.

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