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Ortiz rolls to win at Mexico Championship



Leon, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Ortiz carded a 4-under 68 on Sunday to claim a 2-stroke victory at the El Bosque Mexico Championship.

Ortiz captured his second career win on the Web.com Tour at 13-under-par 275. His first win came in March at the Panama Claro Championship.

"It's an honor to win here in Mexico," said Ortiz, who became the first Mexican born player to win the tournament. "It makes everyone so happy around here. I don't have the words, it just feels great."

Justin Thomas birdied his last two holes to close out a 3-under 69 and finish alone in second place at 11-under 277.

Third-round co-leader Nathan Green tripped to a 2-over 74 during his final round at El Bosque Golf Club to finish in a share of third with Adam Hadwin (68), Daniel Berger (69), Nathan Tyler (70), Jason Gore (73) and Jonathan Randolph (73) at minus-7.

Mark Hubbard (72), Cameron Percy (71), Brad Schneider (73) and D.J. Brigman (73) tied for ninth at 6-under.

Gore opened the day with a birdie at the first to meet Ortiz and Green atop the leaderboard before Ortiz and Green both birdied the second to move to 10- under.

Gore answered with a birdie at the fourth to again claim a share of the lead.

Ortiz then rolled in a birdie at the fifth to take the outright lead at minus-11.

After Gore traded a bogey at the sixth with a birdie at the seventh to maintain his share of second place, Ortiz tripped to a bogey at the sixth to fall into a tie for the lead with Gore. Green had also bogeyed the sixth to fall a shot off the pace.

Ortiz, however, recovered from his gaffe with back-to-back birdies at the seventh and eighth to regain sole possession of first place at 12-under.

He was handed a 3-stroke advantage when Gore bogeyed the eighth to drop to minus-9.

Ortiz stretched his lead up to five strokes with birdies at the 11th and 14th before a bogey at the 16th dropped him back to 13-under.

Thomas closed the gap to just two with birdies at the 17th and 18th and Ortiz's bogey at the 17th dropped him just one clear of Thomas at minus-12, but Ortiz closed with a birdie at the last to seal the victory.

"I was pretty shaky at the end," said Ortiz. "But I managed to hit it on the green in two at 18. After that, I knew I had it."

NOTES: Ortiz moved to the top of the money list with the victory. He is $67,473 ahead of Alex Cejka ... If Ortiz can win one more time this season, he will earn an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour. The last player to accomplish that feat was Michael Sim in 2009 ... Thomas recorded his third top-5 finish this year.

04/13 20:09:56 ET

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