Carlos Ortiz finishes second at LIV Golf Portland

Carlos Ortiz was excited to become the first Mexican to obtain a victory at the LIV Golf Portland Invitational, having up to three shots ahead of his closest pursuers, but Branden Grace made an enviable closing of 65 shots (-7) and He gave South Africa the second title in the second event of the new golf league that rivals the PGA Tour where the man from Guadalajara comes from.

The first LIV Golf title was won by Charlz Schwartzel on June 12 in London.

This time at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Carlos Ortiz was in the fight for first place since Thursday, even on Friday he shared the lead with Dustin Johnson, former world number one, who ended up tied for third place, while the Guadalajara had to settle for second place after a third round of 69 (-3) and thus finished two shots away from Grace, 34, who took home the $4 million jackpot.

The man from Guadalajara pocketed 2,125,000 dollars in his debut, an amount he had never won before on the PGA Tour, even when he triumphed at the 2020 Houston Open, his only victory on the PGA Tour.

By teams, Carlos Ortiz, along with his compatriot Abraham Ancer and the Spaniards Sergio García and the recent professional debutant in this tournament Eugenio López, finished in third place with a total of -12 hits. The prize for the third place was 500 thousand dollars to be distributed among all the members of the team.

The last course of the LIV Golf Portland Invitational started with two leaders, Ortiz and Johnson, the first held the lead until the 12th hole, the second gave the downturn three holes later.

At a discreet pace, Grace approached and began to score birdies from hole 2 until adding the eighth on hole 17 to close his participation with a cumulative -13 strokes for the 54 holes that the contest consists of.

For the second half of the course, Carlos Ortiz only scored a birdie on the 18th hole and finished with a total of -10 strokes in the accumulated. The second place is not bad for the debut of the Guadalajara in this league backed by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Abraham Ancer improved his position in the table and finished in 11th place with -1 stroke, tied with four other golfers. As a prize he took 540 thousand dollars.

Thus began the adventure of the Mexican golfers on the tour who will not have world ranking points and therefore will not be able to represent Mexico at the 2024 Paris Olympics.