To do so, last year’s Aegean runner-up to Nicolo Gaggero (Italy) had to battle back not once but twice… first from a disappointing second round four-over - following a first-round 70 - then to his triumphant final 68 climaxed by birdies at 17 and 18 when earlier he leaked four shots in three holes.

The Californian-born former tour pro who has, for many years, been attached to the Lamborghini club in Italy, had six birdies in what proved to be his winning charge and thus collected his well-deserved reward for the persistency of regular appearances on PGAs of Europe leader boards.

Martinez’s victory march, boasting the only red figures of the final round, was substantially aided by those around him among the possible victors going backwards, especially the overnight favourite, Liam Bond, who surrendered his two-shot lead dramatically on six over par.