A dozen Latin American golfers, four of them Mexican, compete this week in the third major of the year, outside San Diego California
A dozen Latin American golfers, four of them Mexican, compete this week in the third major of the year, the United States Open, which takes place in Torrey Pines, outside of San Diego California.
The large and historic Latino representation at the US Open is made up of the Mexicans Abraham Ancer and Mario Carmona, and the Guadalajara brothers Álvaro and Carlos Ortiz, the Chilean Joaquín Niemann, the Argentine Fabián Gómez, the Colombian Juan Sebastián Muñoz, the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas , the Peruvian Luis Fernando Barco and the Costa Rican Luis Gagne.
“I am happy to be here sharing my first US Open with my carnal. It is like a small gift that life is giving us after everything we have done as a family, not just Carlos and me. The sacrifices of my parents and my brother Alejandro after so many years involved in this, ”Álvaro Ortiz told EFE excitedly.
The little one of the Ortiz debuts this week at the US Open and his second major, after having participated in the 2019 Masters, while Carlos participates in his third United States Open.
Carmona from Juárez also plays his first major after overcoming two qualifying tournaments, while Ancer from Tamaulipas arrives at Torrey Pines among the favorites and in twenty-first place in the world rankings.
The course looks very similar to what we are used to playing, although I know the greens are going to get harder and it will be very difficult to attack the flags.
It depends on each one, I think that when one plays well when it is difficult it is one of the most satisfactory things, the young Chilean Niemann, 31st in the world, told EFE, who usually gets the best of his game in the majors.
“Being able to play a US Open is always a great feeling, especially in a field that I know a lot and like a lot. I bring very positive feelings and I come at a good time, ”Venezuelan Vegas, who is playing his fourth US Open this week, told EFE.
For his part, the Peruvian debutant Luis Fernando Barco transmits the happiness of being able to participate in his first US Open and first major.
“The course is in excellent condition and it has been interesting to see how as the days go by the greens get harder and the rough higher,” Barco told EFE about the hardening of conditions at Torrey Pines.