Mexico's Ortiz wins El Bosque Mexico Championship
April 13, 2014
By Royce Thompson, PGATOUR.COM
- Carlos Ortiz earned his second win of the year in Mexico. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
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LEON, Mexico – With a 4-under 68 in the final round, Carlos Ortiz became the first Mexican-born player to win the El Bosque Mexico Championship. This is Ortiz’s second victory of the year on the Web.com Tour. The $126,000 first place prize moves the 22-year-old to No. 1 on the Regular Season money list.
Ortiz started the day tied for the lead, but jumped out in front making four birdies on his front nine at El Bosque Country Club. The University of North Texas graduate was 14-under-par through 15 holes on Sunday afternoon and at one point had a three-stroke lead. Bogeys on holes 16 and 17 cut his lead down to one with just the 72nd hole left to play.
“I was pretty shaky at the end,” he said. “But I managed to hit it on the green in two at 18. After that, I knew I had it.”
Once he successfully reached the par-5 finishing hole in two, Ortiz two putted for birdie and the win.
This week nine Mexico natives made the cut, which is a tournament record. Ortiz was speechless after his round when thinking about what this win means for his home country.
“It’s an honor to win here in Mexico,” he said. “It makes everyone so happy around here. I don’t have the words, it just feels great.”
Ortiz has enjoyed great success in his first year on Tour. The Texas resident already has two wins through the first six events.
“I just stay patient, trust my game plan, and just let it flow,” he said. “I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and see if I can get that third win.”
The next win will earn Ortiz his PGA TOUR card for 2014-15. The Mexican native is looking forward to the challenge knowing that golf returns to the Olympics in 2016.
“Representing my country is such a pleasure,” he said. “I hope I get to represent my country in the Olympics and on the PGA TOUR next year.”
Carlos Ortiz wins El Bosque Mexico Championship
• Sunday weather: Mostly sunny. Wind SW - WSW 10-20 mph. High of 91.
• This is Ortiz’s second win of the season. His first win came at the Panama Claro Championship in just his fourth start of the year.
• Ortiz is the first Mexican native to win this event.
• With this victory, Ortiz has now made $304,458 and moved to No. 1 on the Regular Season money list
• Ortiz is now one win away from a three-victory promotion and earning his PGA TOUR. Nine players have accomplished this on the Web.com Tour; the last was Michael Sim in 2009.
• Ortiz becomes the second Mexican player to win multiple events on the Web.com Tour. Alex Aragon won the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship and the 2013 WNB Golf Classic.
• Ortiz wins at age 22 years 11 days.
• Thomas’ runner-up finish moves him from No. 12 to No. 5 on the money list.
• Thomas has recorded three top-5 performances this season on Web.com Tour. Previously he finished T5 at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship and T5 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
• This is Green’s best finish on Tour since the 2005 Jacob’s Creek Open.
• Green is now No. 39 on the money list.
• This is Tyler’s first top-5 finish on the Web.com Tour.
• Tyler posted all four rounds at par or better for the second time in 17 starts on Tour. (2010 Air Capital Classic, 2013 El Bosque Mexico Championship)
• This is Tyler’s second made cut this season on the Tour. His first made cut came at the Chile Classic (T52).
• Tyler moves from No. 150 to No. 37 on the money list.
• Hadwin fired 69-68 over the weekend and went from T60 at the start of the third round to a T5 performance.
• This is Hadwin’s third top-10 of the season including a win at the Chile Classic.
• With a T5 finish, Berger recorded his third top-10 on the season on Tour.
• Nine Mexico natives are playing on the weekend. Here are their final results this week:
Position Name Scores (to par) 1 Carlos Ortiz 74-67-66-68 – 275 (-13) T13 Roberto Diaz 72-73-68-70 – 283 (-5) T13 Oscar Fraustro 74-68-73-68 – 283 (-5) T29 Jose de Jesus Rodriguez 75-70-68-73 – 286 (-2) T41 Yoshio Yamamoto 69-75-74-70 – 288 (E) T45 Andres Garcia 71- 73-72-73 – 289 (+1) T52 Sebastian Vazquez 68-73-74-75 – 290 (+2) T55 Juan Pablo Hernandez 73-72-74-74 – 293 (+3) T64 Antonio Serna 74-71-70-77 – 292 (+4)
• Players who posted bogey-free rounds this week:
R1 – Brad Schneider (66)
R1 – Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (70)
R3 – D.J. Brigman (65), Whee Kim (65), Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (68), Jason Gore (67), Brad Schneider (69)
R4 – Tom Hoge (67)