Martin Trainer Scores First PGA Tour Win at Puerto Rico Open

By A. J. Jones

Rio Grande, PR – In his rookie year on the PGA Tour and after winning twice last year on the Tour, Martin Trainer shot 70 67 69 67 -15 to win the Puerto Rico Open. “I never thought that I would be able to win
on the PGA TOUR,” said Trainer. “I managed to do it today and that’s just incredible.”  About six months ago Trainer was paired with Steph Curry at the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, California.

Ryan Ellerbrock, who plays on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, caddied for Trainer. His regular caddie was ill and could not make the event. “Ryan obviously did a great job. He’s a good buddy of mine and it’s cool he was able to
make it out here. Going forward, we’ll see if he’s available, because he’s one-for-one.”

Trainer’s prize for winning at Coco Beach Golf Club includes a check for $540,000, the standard 18 percent of the $3 million purse. He also receives 300 FedEx Cup points for the win.

Trainer took time during the off-season to visit family in France. His mother is French and his father is American. He spoke in French to his mom after the tournament. “I was born in France in Marseille and I grew up
speaking French with my mom and speaking English with my dad. Then when I was five years old we moved to California and that’s where I grew up from then on. But yeah, I still speak French to my mom to this day, Trainer

This year’s tournament consisted of a diverse field of players including rookies on the tour, past tour winners, as well as some retirees. Daniel Berger, Roger Sloan, Johnson Wagner and Aaron Baddeley finished tied for second place at -12. They each received $198,000.

The group of tournament volunteers was just as diverse as the field of players. Organizations such as A-Mar, which assists youth burn victims with medical expenses and trains first responders on caring for burn victims, came out to lend support for the tournament.