Mexico, Carlos Ortiz wins the V Copa Prissa

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Mexico, Carlos Ortiz wins the V Copa Prissa

In the week dominated by a bombastic edition of The Players, this certainly appears to be minor news. The V Copa Prissa was held from 2 to 4 March on the course of the Club Campestre de Puebla, in Mexico. The tournament is part of the Gira de Golf Professional de Mexicana calendar, which we talked about at the end of last year, on the occasion of the recognition of the circuit for the purposes of the World Ranking.

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Carlos Ortiz, as we know, is a player of LIV Golf, where he is part of Team Fireballs GC, led by Sergio Garcia. Thus, adding up all the addends, we get an interesting result. And that is that a LIV Golf player has earned points (and positions) in the World Ranking.

It is obvious that we are not talking about an impressive leap, given that with only 1.8 points he could not go far (he moved from 275th to 264th position). Ortiz was among the top 100 players in the world when he signed with the Saudi League.

Then, due to the well-known controversy over the lack of recognition for the OWGR of the LIV Invitational Series, he slowly slipped down, as happened to his other colleagues. The Mexican is a Pga Tour winner (Vivint Houston Open in 2020) and currently plays on one of the two highest paying professional circuits.

What prompted him to take part in a tournament on a circuit that can be, without offense, defined as minor? Surely his attachment to the country and to GiraMx (where he had already won in 2017) influenced Ortiz's choice.

The only other reason can only be the search for OWGR points, given that the scholarship he was awarded (just under $22,500) is not significant. Liv Golf players lack the World Ranking. But the reverse is equally true. The World Ranking lacks LIV Golf players, even if his Board pretends not to know it.

The Official World Golf Rankings is a system for assessing the level of performance of professional golfers. It was introduced in 1986, supported by the four major tournaments and six professional tours that make up the International Federation of the PGA Tours, namely the PGA Tour, European Tour, Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.

points also for good final placements in the following tours: Tour, Challenge Tour, PGA Tour Canada, OneAsia Tour, Korean Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, Asian Development Tour, PGA Tour China, Alps Tour, Nordic Golf League, PGA EuroPro Tour , ProGolf Tour, MENA Golf Tour.

Carlos Ortiz