Carlos Ortiz became the third Mexican golfer to win a tournament organized by the PGA
Carlos Ortiz became the first Mexican to win in the PGA Tour after 42 years. The native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, took the first place in the Vivint Houston Open and won his first event on the top golf circuit.
After receiving the trophy, signing the card and shedding some tears on the 18th hole green, the emotion still continued for the Mexican hours later, as he acknowledged wanting to call his loved ones and be on the verge of tears.
“It is not just for winning right now, but for the sacrifices of my family, my caddy, my sponsors. There is too much behind this. Right now I wanted to talk to my parents and they made me want to cry. It was hard to hold back, ”he excitedly told John Sutcliffe, an analyst at ESPN.
Carlos Ortiz He grew up in Guadalajara and the first balls he hit were at the Guadalajara Country Club, where he understood the sport under the admiration of Lorena Ochoa, who was also forged on the same fairways and greens.
“I hope to do a little of what Lorena Ochoa it did with me that it was to inspire boys and girls to play this sport and this helps many children who are playing. Working hard you can reach and fulfill dreams like mine which was to win in the PGA Tour”He said happily.
“There is something in Guadalajara that we (those from there) have and I owe a lot to Lorena (Ochoa), who set that great example and inspired me. If he did 1% of what he did, I would be happy, “he added from the dressing room at Memorial Park Golf Course.
Asked about his feeling when making his last putt, Carlos Ortiz He confessed that it was the “cherry on the cake” after the great week he had, which also improved his mental appearance.
“Between my caddy and I we focus on the present and not on what could happen. The last putt was the cherry on top of the cake and we are happy with the result. I played very well all week, I was patient, I had a good attitude and I was in the present. Today I hit fairways and put it near the hole. Hitting from the fairway is easier than from the rough, ”he said with a laugh.
“The victory goes to my work team, which are my wife, my daughters, my parents, my caddy, my sponsors, my friends through thick and thin. I had a race where I went up, then down, and then up again. It goes for all of them ”, concluded Ortiz, excited for being the third Mexican to win in the PGA Tour.