• Ortiz comes out on top in Houston

    Carlos Ortiz
    Carlos Ortiz

    Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz became another first-time winner on the PGA Tour this weekend after claiming victory at the Houston Open on Sunday.

    The 29-year-old shot a final-round 65 at Memorial Park to edge in front by sealing a two-stroke victory over Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and world No 1 Dustin Johnson.

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    Needing a par on the final hole, Ortiz made a birdie, adding to the previous four he made throughout the day to conclude his week with a brilliant bogey-free round and a winning score of 13 under par.

    Ortiz started the final round’s action in the final group, one shot behind overnight leader Sam Burns with the hope of tracking down the American.

    ‘Every time you’re inside three strokes from the leader, you know you have a good chance,’ Ortiz said.

    ‘I’ve been putting myself in those spots quite a bit the last year and I feel like I had what I needed to get it done. 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.’

    Erik van Rooyen and Dawie van der Walt secured a share of T20 on four under par with the former shooting a decent final-round 67 to sign off with, while Justin Harding ended his week on even par.



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