Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz secured his lady PGA Tour title on Sunday with a two-shot triumph at the Houston Open.
Ortiz held off a test from world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama to turn into the main Mexican golf player to win a PGA Tour function in 42 years.
The 29-year-old was one shot back from for the time being pioneer Sam Burns going into the last day yet he held his nerve to complete on 13 under standard.
Ortiz kept down the tears as he conveyed the success with a 20-foot birdie putt, a triumph which implies he will fit the bill for the 2021 Masters in April.
“I’ve played great this week and it was really hard to hold the emotions all the way to the end, but I’m really happy the way it played out and the way I played, too,” Ortiz said after winning at the Memorial Park Golf Course.
“I wasn’t really thinking about the other guys, I wasn’t worried. I knew if I played good I was going to be hard to beat.”
Johnson, who is getting back to the game after a positive Covid-19 test, pushed Ortiz as far as possible and had missed a putt which would have seen him share the lead with the Mexican.
Then, Matsuyama mounted a late flood and recorded a course record 63 to place himself into conflict yet neither one of the men could coordinate Ortiz, who guaranteed the greatest success of his vocation.
Fans cheered Ortiz’s victory, a sight not seen at many games over the world this year.
The Houston Open, which started on Thursday, was the main PGA Tour function on US soil to have fans in participation since March with 2,000 tickets sold for each round of the competition.
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