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By : BGA Proshop
After his 118th PGA Tour start, Carlos Ortiz can call himself a winner on the tour.
With the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama trying to catch him, he managed to birdie two of the final three holes to win the Vivint Houston Open by two strokes.
Playing in the final group with Jason Day, Ortiz was in search of his first PGA Tour tournament win but with some big names in the field trying to get ready for the Masters next week it wasn’t an easy path to victory.
The young man from Mexico didn’t show any nerves as Day was moving backwards on the front nine, to was taking over the lead and trying to extend it. On the 8th he took over the solo lead with a birdie and on the 9th made another from the back fringe of the green.
On the back nine, it was a three-man race between Ortiz, Johnson and Matsuyama. Johnson was first to strike on the 11th hole with a 60-foot birdie put on the par 3 which moved him one behind the leader. Then Matsuyama made birdie on the 12th and 13th to move within striking range as well.
Matsuyama then continued his hot run with two more birdies on the 16th and 17th hole to take a share of the lead at 11 under. With Ortiz playing behind him, he managed to hit driver, 6 iron into the par 5 16th which set him up for an easy birdie.
Then heading into his last hole with a one shot lead Ortiz drains a 22-foot birdie putt to win by 2.
After the round it was all smiles for the young Mexican.
“I was trying to mind my own business,” Ortiz said. “I've been working really hard on staying positive, patient and don't let my emotions get the best of me and I think I did an amazing job this week.”
“I'm really happy the way everything played out, and then obviously this time it went my way,” Ortiz said. “I feel like I've put in the work, my team has been working with me really hard and I'm just happy.”