The victory in Houston broke a 42-year drought, and to do so, Carlos had no shortcut, he faced the best in his prime
To size what was done by Carlos Ortiz, you have to understand the context of how unlikely and complicated it is only for a Mexican golfer to be on the best golf tour in the world. The simple fact of accessibility, although there are more and more options, continues to determine the chances of success. Only in the State of California there are more golf courses than in all of Mexico.
Our country is far from being a power in this sport, only five Mexican players in history have managed to play with a card in the PGA, the last victory was that of Tijuana Victor Regalado in 1978. Fortunately, today, Carlos Ortiz Y Abraham Ancer they represent a great moment for Mexican golf.
The victory in Houston broke a 42-year drought, and to do so, Carlos had no shortcut, he faced the best in their prime. Just a week before Augusta Masters, the green bag contenders used this tournament to fine tune their game.
In the field of competition where he won Carlos Ortiz this Sunday they were, among others:
– Dustin Johnson, the current world No. 1 and winner of 26 PGA tournaments
– Brooks koepka winner of 4 majors and No. 1 in the world in 2019
– Jason day, 17-time PGA Tour winner and former world No. 1
The Guadalajara native fought back at the time of greatest pressure when Johnson, the favorite to win, tied him for the lead. Carlos fired an anthology 6 iron on the 16th hole in his second shot of that par 5 and began to walk towards the green when the ball was still flying towards the flag, knowing that he had hit a manual shot and that it will mark his career for always. The shot that ultimately allowed him to putt for eagle and leave with a birdie that returned the lead to the Mexican, which he would not let escape.
Done by Carlos Ortiz beating Johnson in Houston can be compared to a Mexican beating Nadal in Spain or Federer in Switzerland. How improbable was his triumph that the betting houses offered a odds that paid 150 to 1 for the victory of the Guadalajara.
When talking about his triumph, Carlos expressed that the most gratifying of all was being able to inspire, just as one day Lorena Ochoa inspired him. Yesterday, when I followed the last round on television with my nine-year-old son, he asked me if Carlos, having beaten number one, made him the best golfer in the world, my answer is that yesterday Ortiz was. The goal of inspiring a generation thinking that a Mexican can be the best in the world was accomplished.
What a great day!