Then a 20-year-old Spanish standout at Oklahoma State University, Martin became the first amateur ever to win on the European Tour when he closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday to beat Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin by one shot.
Jacquelin chipped in for a birdie on the 72nd hole to match the low round of the day with a 67, placing pressure on the young Spaniard. But Martin finished with a pair of two-putt pars to finish off a bogey-free round for the win.
The victory snapped Paul Broadhurst's two-year winning streak at the tournament -- not that Broadhurst was even in the mix. He finished 12 shots back.
Martin returns this week as a professional, looking to become the fifth player in tournament history to repeat as champion. As an amateur winner last year, he was ineligible to win prize money. Jacquelin, instead, received an increased share of 208,330 euros for second place.
The GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage of all four rounds this week, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (ET) the first two days and a half-hour earlier on the weekend.
The best European Tour players will be at the Masters next week.