Reigning champion Ortiz out of the Houston Open due to injury

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Reigning champion Carlos Ortiz retired from the Houston Open this week with a left shoulder injury, the PGA Tour said Tuesday.

Ortiz, fresh off a second place last week in his home country of Mexico, is facing the same shoulder problem that forced him to retire midway through the Zozo championship last month in Japan.

“Unfortunately, I am battling a left shoulder injury from Japan and, after meeting with my doctors this morning, I was advised to take a break for the rest of the season to recover,” said world number 49 Ortiz.

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“This is incredibly disappointing to me as I was looking forward to defending my first PGA Tour title in Texas, my second home. I am honored to be a champion of this event and look forward to returning this year. next”.

Ortiz scored a five-under-par 65 in the final round last year in Houston to hold off Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama and become the first Mexican to win the PGA Tour in 42 years.

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