16 Things You Didn't Know About Carlos Ortiz

How well do you know the Mexican golfer?

Things You Didn't Know About Carlos Ortiz
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Get to know one of Mexico's biggest ever golf stars, Carlos Ortiz, a little better.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Carlos Ortiz

Carlos Ortiz is one of only three Mexicans to have ever won on the PGA Tour (Victor Regalado and Cesar Sanudo).

Ortiz managed this feat at the 2020 Houston Open, and is beginning to really establish a career within the sport.

Now becoming a regular performer on the Tour, get to know him here.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Carlos Ortiz

1. Carlos Ortiz was born 24th April 1991 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

2. The Mexican first picked up a set of golf clubs when he was only three-years-old, and started taking the game seriously at the age of eight.

3. Ortiz chose golf over other sports like 'football' because: "It was the most challenging sport to play."

Related: Carlos Ortiz What's In The Bag?

4. If he wasn't a professional golfer, Ortiz believes he would be a businessman.

5. Ortiz plied his trade at Guadalajara Country Club, the same home course where LPGA great Lorena Ochoa grew up playing. Ortiz was inspired by her intense work ethic and would often ask her for advice.

6. As an amateur, Ortiz represented Mexico at the Eisenhower Trophy in 2010 and 2012.

7. The Mexican has a younger brother called Álvaro, who is also a serious golfer; so much so that he competed as an amateur at the Masters in 2o19.

Related: Who Is Alvaro Ortiz?

8. His hobbies include fishing, gaming and football, his favourite team is Real Madrid.

9. The Mexican studied at the University of North Texas, where he played for the college golf team.

Get To Know Carlos Ortiz

Ortiz secured three victories on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2014. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

10. Ortiz entered the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school in 2013 and managed to play the first and second stages before finishing T15 and qualifying for the 2014 season.

11. During the 2014 Korn Ferry season, the Mexican enjoyed further success: he won three times, including his home event at the El Bosque Mexico Championship. The trio of victories meant he was voted Player of the Year.

12. Ortiz regards legendary tennis player, Roger Federer, as his favourite sportsman.

13. In 2016, the Mexican lost his PGA Tour card and spent two years playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, eventually regaining his card again in 2018.

14. Ortiz has been married to his wife, Hayley, since 10th December 2017. Together, they have two children: Sofia and Mila.

Get To Know Carlos Ortiz

Ortiz with his wife Hayley at the Houston Open. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

15. In November 2020, Ortiz won his first PGA Tour event, the Houston Open. In the process, he became the first Mexican win on the Tour in 42 years.

16. Ortiz has a number of sponsors, these include: Veritex Bank, Akron, Vidanta Resorts, Rolex and NetJets. Ortiz uses a mixed bag of clubs, including Ping, Titleist and Odyssey.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x