Only five Mexican-born players had ever made it to the PGA Tour. Two of them won tournaments a generation before he was born, the most recent title by Victor Delgado in 1978 at the Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad City Open. Mexico's golfing icon was a woman, Lorena Ochoa, who grew up at his home club in Guadalajara.
The male players Ortiz idolized — Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods — he had seen only on TV or in magazines.
So imagine how he felt the day he made his PGA Tour debut.
Ortiz had already won twice on the Web . . .