HOUSTON – Defending champion Carlos Ortiz, fresh off a second-place finish in his native Mexico last week, has withdrawn from the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open.
Ortiz took his first PGA TOUR win in Houston last year, birdied the final hole to beat Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama by two shots.
Ortiz, however, is battling a shoulder injury that also forced him to withdraw after two rounds of last month’s ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.
“Unfortunately, I have been battling a left shoulder injury since Japan and after meeting my doctors this morning, I was advised to take the rest of the season off to recover,” said Ortiz. “This is incredibly disappointing for me as I was looking forward to defending my first PGA TOUR title in Texas, my second home. I am honored to be the champion of this event and I look forward to returning next year. “
His second-place finish at last week’s World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba was his best result since the win. He shot four rounds of 67 or better at Mayakoba only to finish second, four shots behind winner Viktor Hovland.