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Mexico's Ortiz wins first Tour title

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Mexico's Carlos Ortiz won the Panama Claro Championship on Sunday for his first Tour title, closing with a 6-under 64 for a four-stroke victory.

The 22-year-old former North Texas player finished at 12-under 268 at Panama Golf Club and earned $112,500 to jump from seventh to second on the money list with $171,500.

"I still can't believe it," Ortiz said. "I started kind of shaky. I was pretty nervous, I can admit it. ... I knew if I could shoot under par I would have a chance. The only thing I wanted was to have a chance on the back nine. I had it and I took it."

His earnings total should be more than enough to guarantee a spot on the PGA Tour next season as a top-25 finisher on the money list.

"That's always been a lifetime dream," Ortiz said. "It's what we all work so hard for."

Jason Gore was second after a 66. Daniel Berger, Derek Fathauer and Aron Price, the second-round leader, tied for third at 7 under. Berger and Fathauer shot 67, and Price had a 70.

Alex Cejka, the winner of the season-opening Colombia Championship and second last week in the Brazil Champions, tied for 11th at 4 under after a 69. He earned $13,750 to push his tour-leading total to $235,150.


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