June 04, 2007 10:15 ET

Pablo Martin Signs With IMG

Spanish Golfer Turns Professional; Chooses IMG for Worldwide Management and Marketing Representation

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - Pablo Martin today announced that he has both turned professional and selected IMG, the world's premier sports, entertainment and media company, for global management and marketing representation.

Martin, a 21-year old from Malaga, Spain, will make his professional debut at this week's Stanford St. Jude Championship on the PGA TOUR following a highly distinguished amateur career and collegiate campaign at Oklahoma State University.

In April 2007, Martin became the first amateur to win on the European Tour when he claimed the Estoril Open de Portugal. The historic victory earned Martin an exemption on the European Tour that will commence when he establishes membership on Tour and will last through the 2009 season. Martin intends to compete both on the European Tour and the PGA TOUR, via sponsor exemptions, for the remainder of 2007.

"IMG is honored to join Pablo's team and support his ambitions as he begins an exciting new phase of his career," said Mark Steinberg, Global Managing Director of IMG Golf. "The world of professional golf has been waiting anxiously for Pablo's debut, and I am confident that his talent, dedication and desire to be the best will translate into long-term success at the game's highest level."

Martin added, "I am very excited to start my professional career and partner with IMG. The firm's resources and expertise will help me to get settled as a professional and achieve my long-term career goals around the globe."

"I have had the pleasure of following Pablo's career for many years," said Clarke Jones, Senior Vice President and Global Director Golf Clients. Jones, who will lead Martin's team at IMG, continued, "His impressive ability and work ethic have enabled him to become one of the world's best amateur golfers, and those traits combined with his enthusiasm and charming personality will make him a very exciting and popular professional."

Martin leaves Oklahoma State University as one of the most decorated golfer's in school history. In addition to being named to two consecutive PING First Team All-American teams (2005 & 2006), Martin was named the Jack Nicklaus Award winner (2006), the Fred Haskins Award winner (2006), the Big 12 Player of the Year (2006 & 2007), a Ben Hogan Award Finalist (2007) and the Phil Mickelson Award winner (2005). Martin claimed five collegiate victories, including this season's Big 12 Championship, and was a member of the Oklahoma State team that claimed the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in 2006.

Martin also enjoyed a distinguished amateur career in Europe and the United States. His amateur victories include the Porter Cup (2005), the Carris Trophy (2004), the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship (2003), the European Under-16 Championship (2002) and the British Boys Amateur Championship (2001). Martin has also competed on two Palmer Cup teams (2005 & 2006) and two Eisenhower Trophy teams (2002 & 2006).

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