2020 Vivint Houston Open Recap

Houston, Texas – First-time PGA Tour winner and Mexican-born golfer Carlos Ortiz wins the 2020 Vivint Houston Open in Texas.  Carlos won his first PGA event not because there was a lack of talent but because his talent rose to the occasion.  Carlos managed to hold on to the lead ahead of the world number one golfer – Dustin Johnson and Japan golfer Hideki Matsuyama, both of which will be playing in next weeks Masters tournament.

With his win in Houston at Memorial Park, Carlos qualified for the 2021 Masters, not the one that begins in a few days.  I’m sure that’s not an issue for him as he gets to go home and celebrate with friends and family at his home just a drive away in Dallas.

Ortiz managed a pair of 67s and a 68 to get him onto the leaderboard for the final round.  It was Sam Burns who held the 54-hole lead, however.  Unfortunately for Sam, he wasn’t able to take advantage of the favorable scoring conditions, carding a 2-over 72 and falling out of contention.   It was the same fate for playing partner Jason Day who carded a 1-over 71.  Dustin Johnson’s first tournament since testing positive for COVID-19 went well as he finished in a tie for 2nd.  Hideki Matsuyama shot the lowest round of the day with a 63 yet still came up short at 11-under.

DJ and Ortiz were tied heading into hole 16 before Carlos reached the par-5 in 2, barely missing his eagle putt.  It was enough though.  Ortiz drained a birdie putt on 18 to seal the victory but he never needed it.  Dustin would par-out and never catch Ortiz.  Ortiz was victorious and also emotional for his first PGA Tour win.

 

Next week the players head back east to the final major of the adjusted season for the 2020 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.  Tiger Woods remains the defending champion in what feels like ages ago.  This will also be the first time the tournament will be contested in the Fall.

Carlo Ortiz WITB:

Driver: Ping G400 Max 9 degrees (Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw 65 TX)

3-wood: Ping G425 LST 14.5 degrees (Project X HZRDUS Yellow 73 6.5)

Irons: Titleist U500 (3), Ping S55 (4-PW) (Project X PXi 6.5)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-12F, 54-10S, 60T) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab JailBird

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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