Ortiz grabs first win in Panama

The Sports NetworkMarch 23, 2014 

Panama City, Panama (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Ortiz closed with a bogey- free, 6-under 64 on Sunday and came from behind to win the Panama Claro Championship.

Ortiz, who won for the first time on the Web.com Tour, ended at 12-under-par 268 at Club de Golf de Panama.

"I still can't believe it. I started kind of shaky. I was pretty nervous, I can admit it," Ortiz said. "I didn't have a number in mind, but 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."

Jason Gore carded a 4-under 66 to jump into second place at minus-8.

Aron Price, who had at least a piece of the lead after each of the first three rounds, managed an even-par 70. He dropped into a tie for third at 7-under 273 alongside Derek Fathauer (67) and Daniel Berger (67).

Roland Thatcher (70) and Nick Taylor (67) shared sixth place at minus-6.

Mark Hubbard got off to a flying start with three birdies in the first four holes. That spurt moved him to 8-under, where he was one clear of Price.

Price birdied the fourth to move one clear at minus-8 as Hubbard fell back with bogeys at five and seven.

Ortiz, who was in the last group with Price, took over from there. He poured in three straight birdies from the fourth to jump into the lead at minus-9.

After a par on seven, Ortiz birdied the eighth to push his lead to two over Price. Ortiz remained alone in the lead as he parred five in a row from the ninth.

The 22-year-old Mexican extended his lead to three with a birdie at the 14th. Ortiz then birdied No. 16 to move four clear, and he ended there with back-to- back pars to finish his round.

Price bogeyed the 10th and 13th, but birdied the 12th. That left him at minus-7, and he closed with five consecutive pars to end there.

Gore birdied the second and fourth before stumbling to a bogey at the fifth. He recovered that stroke with a birdie on the seventh. Gore made a late move with birdies at 13 and 15 to grab second place.

"I thought it would be a race to see who was the first one to 10-under," said Gore. "I had an idea. I looked at a few boards, but I was just trying to play good golf."

NOTES: Ortiz earned $112,500 for the victory ... This was just his fifth career start on the Web.com Tour ... Andrew Putnam's streak of 14 straight under par rounds came to a close as he shot 2-over 72 on Sunday ... The tour finally hits the United States next week as Edward Loar defends his crown at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

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