North Plains, Ore.  – The Tour’s only two-time winner of 2014 Carlos Ortiz of Mexico (pictured by Getty Images) offset five bogeys with six birdies and takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft.

As the final Regular Season event of the season, the first 25 of 50 cards for the upcoming PGA TOUR season will be determined on Sunday based on the money list.

After solid rounds of 66-63 to open the tournament, Ortiz, a 22-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, encountered a balky putter on Saturday, three-putting for bogey three times en route to a 1-under round of 70. His 199 total is 14-under par.

“I’m happy with my round,” Ortiz said. “Things didn’t all go my way but I’m still happy. I’m where I want to be. If I shoot under par I’m going to have a pretty good chance of winning.”

A third win tomorrow would make Ortiz fully exempt on the PGA TOUR for the upcoming 2014-15 PGA TOUR season, a special perk available on the Tour.

Chasing Ortiz is Canada’s Adam Hadwin, who fired an 8-under 63 to move all the way up from a tie for 22nd starting the day into a second place by himself.

“I needed a low one to get back in it and I did,” the Vancouver area product said. “Things didn’t look very good on Thursday (after a 73). I was almost looking into air tickets back to Vancouver. I turned things around and couldn’t be happier.”

Another shot back at 11-under par is San Jose’s Mark Hubbard. The 25-year-old got to 13 under through 13 holes, only to suffer a double bogey and a bogey over his remaining five holes. He shot 70.

Ortiz, Hadwin and Hubbard are all seeking to become PGA TOUR members for the first time.

Alexandre Rocha was 14-under par, one off Ortiz’s pace, standing on the 18th tee, only to make a nine on the par 5. The Brazilian dropped from second place into a tie for fourth and damaged his chances to secure a spot in the upcoming Tour Finals, which is reserved for the top-75 money leaders after Sunday. He came to Portland 107th on the money list.

Miscues off the tee and from the fairway, coupled with two flubbed chip shots from greenside rough, led to his unfortunate finish.

“I was having a great day up until that point. The 18th hole came out of nowhere. It took a bit of the fun out of the day.”

Colt Knost matched Hadwins’s low round of the day and is tied with Rocha and four others at -10. The Texas began the day tied for 47th.

In addition to the 25 cards being awarded this week, another key focus for the players is getting to 75th or better on the money list as it will ensure a spot in the four-event Tour Finals, which begin next week. The second set of 25 cards will be up for grabs at events in Fort Wayne, Ind., Charlotte, N.C., Columbus, Ohio and Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.


* Sunday’s fourth-round play will be in twosomes off the 1st tee. Times will run from 7:50 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. PT, with an expected finish time of 6:00 p.m.

* This is the third time this year that Ortiz has held/shared the 54-hole lead. He was in a two-way tie for first at the Mexico Championship and shot a 68 in the last round to win by two shots. He held the outright lead by one at the South Georgia Classic, shot a 72 in the final round and finished third.

* Ortiz’ stats through 54 holes:

25 of 39 fairways T42
42 of 54 greens T4
83 putts T19

* Adam Hadwin’s 63 today matched his career-low score on Tour. He posted 8-under 63s twice in the 2012 season – R2/Chitimacha Louisiana Open, R2/Cox Classic.

* Scott Pinckney birdied six of his last eight holes and moved to 10-under for the tournament. Pinckney was 3-over through the first 10 holes before staging his rally. He is T4 heading into Sunday’s closer.

* Colt Knost’s 8-under 63 was one off his career-low score. Knost shot a 10-under 62 in the final round of the 2008 Price Cutter Charity Championship, which he won in wire-to-wire fashion.

* Lucas Lee had a hole-in-one on the 218-yard, 5th hole. Lee used a 3-iron for the ace. He finished with a 2-under 69.

* Rookie Nicholas Lindheim struggled during Saturday’s third round and posted a 76. Lindheim was only one shot off the lead after two rounds and was paired with leader Carlos Ortiz. He is seven shots off the lead and T18.

* There were 24 of the top-25 money winners entered this week and 16 of the 24 advanced to the weekend. Among those missing the cut were Andrew Putnam (No. 2), Zack Sucher (No. 3), Andres Gonzales (No. 8), Jon Curran (No. 9), Derek Fathauer (No. 12), Bill Lunde (No. 22), Roger Sloan (No. 23) and Sebastian Cappelen (No. 25).

* The top-25 money leaders after Sunday’s play will receive their PGA TOUR cards for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The top-75 money leaders will advance to the four-event Tour Finals, which begin next week at the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind. A second set of 25 PGA TOUR cards will be given at the conclusion of the Tour Championship, the fourth of the four Finals events. Here’s how the bubble boys have fared through 36 holes.

$ List Position – Name Position after 54 $ List Position – Name Position  after 54
23 – Roger Sloan 68-76-144   MC 73 – Carlos Sainz, Jr. 69-71-72-212   T60
24 – Fabian Gomez 70-70-65-205   T13 74 – Nick Taylor 68-71-67-206   T18
25 – Sebastian Cappelen 68-78-146   MC 75 – Roberto Diaz 77-78-156   MC
26 – Greg Owen 71-70-65-206   T18 76 – Andres Echavarria 69-70-70-209   T40
27 – Kyle Reifers 70-69-64-203   T4 77 – Whee Kim 68-69-73-201   T47
28 – Aaron Watkins 69-71-67-207   T29 78 – Jose de Jesus Rodriguez 76-70-146   MC
29 – Martin Piller 71-73-144   MC 79 – Josh Broadaway 72-77-149   MC
30 – Harold Varner III 73-72-145   MC 80 – Jeff Gove 70-69-74-213   T64

* All four rounds of the WinCo Foods Portland Open will be televised in high definition on Golf Channel.

* Bogey-free rounds this week:
R1       63 – Matt Fast; 66 – Byron Smith, Nicholas Lindheim; 69 – David Skinns
R2       65 – Tony Finau; 67 – Peter Tomasulo, Derek Fathauer; 68 – Alex Prugh, Justin Bolli
R3       64 – Jonathan Randolph, Darron Stiles; 65 – Fabian Gomez

* Scoring Averages for the week:
            Front (36)       Back (35)        Total (71)
       36.308             34.756             71.064
R2       36.335             34.929             71.265
R3       35.333             34.573             69.907

* Here’s where the current leaders are on the money list as they battle to get into the top 25 and the top 75:

     Player  Current money list
1.  Carlos Ortiz  No. 1
2.  Adam Hadwin No. 10
3.  Mark Hubbard No. 20
4.  Colt Knost No. 68
4.  Kyle Reifers No. 27
4.  Alexandre Rocha No. 107
4.  Rob Oppenheim No. 83
4.  Scott Pinckney No. 59
4.  James Nitties No. 97

* Low rounds of the day:
63 – Adam Hadwin, Colt Knost
64 – Darron Stiles, Jonathan Randolph, Kyle Reifers

* Eligibility for this week’s field of 156 players correlates directly from the current money list. Cameron Percy, winner of the Price Cutter Charity Championship two weeks ago and No. 13 on the money list, was the only player in the top-25 not playing this week. Four others in the top-75 are also skipped this event – Bronson Burgoon (No. 36), Alistair Presnell (No. 44), Tom Gillis (No. 47) and Aron Price (No. 52).

* NEXT WEEK: The Tour heads to the Midwest for the start of the four-tournament Tour Finals. The first event will be the Hotel Fitness Championship, which will be held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, Aug. 25-31. Last year, former Masters champion Trevor Immelman rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to finish at 20-under 268, one stroke better than Patrick Cantlay. Immelman was five strokes back starting the final round and moved to the top thanks to a 6-under 66. The win was his first since capturing the 2008 Masters.

Source: PGA Tour


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