Martin Trainer has decided to play for France. Born in Marseille to an American father and a French mother 31 years ago, he applied on July 28 to the IGF (International Golf Federation) to switch from the American flag to the tricolor flag.
Based in California where he studied, the Palo Alto resident now plays for France, with a pretty blue-white-red flag next to his name on the leaderboard…
Martin Trainer, story
Winner for the United States of the Puerto Rico Open 2019, a so-called “alternate” event of the PGA Tour and therefore offering fewer advantages than a “classic” victory, Trainer has struggled to confirm since his first title, stopped in particular by the Covid-19 break.
Forced to cling to new goals, he therefore chose to play for France, officially eyeing a place at the 2024 Paris Olympics. This newcomer could well redistribute the cards, but qualification is still a long way off and many French champions want to fight to snatch a place in the selection (Editor’s note, as of September 26, 2022, it is Victor Perez and Julien Brun who are qualified) .
Like Paul Barjon (who has just shone at the French Open), Martin Trainer has just lost his card on the PGA Tour for the 2022-2023 season which has just started in mid-September, which clearly complicates his task. But in the event of a return to the American first division, everything could go very quickly for the current 426th player in the world.
Marseille is the largest city in southern France, capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and the Bouches-du-Rhône department, as well as the first port in France, fourth in the Mediterranean and at European level.
Founded by the Greeks during Antiquity, it is one of the oldest French cities. Considering the number of inhabitants of the municipality alone, it is the second largest city in France, after Paris. Its Metropolis Aix-Marseille Provence with 1 895 600 inhabitants is also the second in France after that of Greater Paris, also considering that the urban area of Lyon exceeds two million inhabitants, sometimes competing with Marseille for the primacy of second city of France. Marseille was European Capital of Culture in 2013, together with Košice.