Meet Carlos Ortiz, the Mexican golfer who wants to emulate Lorena Ochoa and inspire children
Carlos Ortiz entered the history of Mexican golf after winning the Vivint Houston Open at PGA Tour this Sunday. The native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, grew up among the fairways and greens of the Guadalajara Country Club and that is where his love for the sport began.
As a child, seeing the Atlas and following Lorena Ochoa consumed his time. Always accompanied by his parents, Ortiz was clear about what he wanted to be when he grew up: a professional golfer.
His panorama was opened when he left Mexico to continue his studies at the University of North Texas, where he showed his quality and what he could do. In 2013 he graduated in International Relations and there he jumped on the Korn Ferry Tour.
In 2014 he won three events and that immediately catapulted him to PGA Tour in 2015. The road was not easy and when it seemed that Mexican golf was reborn, he had a fall in his game that sent him back to the Korn Ferry for 2017.
It was until the 2019 season when Carlos Ortiz was able to climb once more to PGA Tour and after the bad moments he thanked the people who were with him this Sunday when the picture became cloudy.
“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 career where I went up, then down and then up again. It goes to all of them. I want to thank the people who have always supported me and sent me messages. Thank you, “he told ESPN from Memorial Park Golf Course.
This is his fifth year at the PGA Tour and he always remembers being the young man who grew up admiring Lorena Ochoa and watching Atlas and Real Madrid. He never tires of saying that he admires Roger Federer or that he loves eating a good cut of meat or Japanese food.
The Guadalajara native entered golf history after 118 events in the PGA Tour. Previously, his best performance was a tie for second at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2019.
However, today he raises the glory of being the third Mexican golfer to win a tournament of the PGA Tour and share that glory with César Sanudo and Víctor Regalado.