On Sunday, 8th November, Carlos Ortiz made history by winning his first PGA Tour Title at the Vivint Houston Open. He became the first Mexican golfer to win a PGA Tour event in 42 years. Thereby holding off a challenge from the number 1, Dustin Johnson, and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. Along with other leaders of the scoreboard such as Brooks Koepka and Jason Day. This long-awaited Mexican victory came only after Victor Regalado won the Quad Cities Open in 1978. Since then, there was no Mexican golfer who had won the tournament.
This 29-year-old golfer went into the final day with one shot back from the leader Sam Burns but he fought back tears and finished on 13 under par. He delivered the win with a 20-foot birdie putt, thus qualifying him for the 2021 Masters in April. This is in accordance with Ben Church of CNN. So to say, Ortiz is the third Mexican player to have ever won the PGA Tour.
Unfortunately for Johnson who was returning after being tested positive for COVID-19, he missed a putt and pushed Ortiz to the end. This would have allowed him to share the trophy with the Mexican golfer, Ortiz. In the meantime, Matsumaya made a course record of 63 by mounting a large surge to put himself into contention. But none could match Ortiz who clinched the biggest win of his career so far.
Ortiz’s victory was the most cheered one by fans which was missing in most sporting events this year due to the crisis. This Houston Open was the first PGA Tour event on American soil to have fans attending the event since March. It began on Thursday with more than 2000 tickets sold for each round.
In an interview, he explained that he knew he was going to be hard to beat if he played well. He said he played great this week and that it was really hard to hold these emotions to the end. But that he was really happy the way it played out and the way he played too. This he said after winning at the Memorial Park Golf Course.
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