Looking for a new champion for him Houston Open del PGA Tour, since the current monarch, the Mexican Carlos Ortiz, will not be able to participate due to an injury to his left shoulder, which has persisted for more than a month.
“I went to the doctor this morning (Tuesday) and he recommended that I not play, that I take some time to recover, so I think I will follow his advice to be able to start healthy in January,” he mentioned the Jalisco, who was motivated after having been second place in Mayakoba the weekend before, which was his best position since winning the Houston tournament on November 8, 2020.
According to the golfer himself, the ailment in his shoulder has been hitting him since the end of October, which is why he did not attend the Japan Zozo Championship on what was the fifth date of PGA Tour 2021-22.
However, his outstanding performance in Mayakoba allows him to stay as 13th in the ranking of this season, taking into account that the first 30 classify the FedEx Playoffs the next summer.
Ortiz was only the third Mexican to win a tournament of the PGA Tour on that glorious afternoon of November 2020 in Houston, hence the special connection of the Jalisco with that scenario. Before that, the last victory of a national golfer was in 1978 with Víctor Regalado at the John Deere Classic and in 1974 at the Pleasant Valley Classic, while the first was César Sanudo in 1970, in the Azalea Open.
“The truth is that the goal is always to win a better one, currently I feel that I am more and more mature, more solid and I do feel ready to win a big one, but for this many combinations are needed and I am sure that I will compete this year “, had said Carlos Ortiz this week towards his goals for the season in the PGA Tour.
However, the injury changed his speech: “This is incredibly disappointing for me, as I was eager to defend my first title of the PGA Tour (…) I am honored to be a champion of this event and I hope to return next year ”.
In addition, the injury could marginalize Ortiz from the rest of the activity of the PGA Tour in the year, since after Houston there will only be one more tournament: the RSM Classic de Georgia, which is November 21. The next two will be from January 2022 in Hawaii.
Another casualty for him Houston Open It is that of the Argentine Emanuel Grillo, also due to injury, so both will be replaced by the Americans John Huh and Max McGreevy. The Latin American players who are still in the tournament are the Chileans Mito Pereira and Joaquín Niemann, the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, the also Mexican Rodolfo Cazabón and the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas.
Also Mexican, Abraham Ancer, will not be able to participate in the last two events of the PGA Tour in November because he will be a guest at a European championship.