How Carlos Ortiz played three holes in one hole Saturday at Torrey

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SAN DIEGO – Carlos Ortiz’s third-round 66 was the best card of the day at the Farmers Insurance Open by two strokes and, by all accounts, a flawless effort on a major-championship caliber course.

Stress-free is how Ortiz described his round that moved him into a tie for the lead, but there was one glaring exception: the ninth hole.

“Oh, my God, I don’t want to walk you through that. I mean, it was one of those holes that I hit it five times and I made 5,” he laughed. “I hit it five times, I didn’t putt it.”

Ortiz’s tee shot sailed into the right rough, and he was only able to advance his next shot on the par 5 some 150 yards. He punched his third shot 100 yards short of the green and hit his next over the green and into an impossible position.


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“I tried to knock down a wedge and hit it just a touch too hard, went over the green, left myself short sided,” he said. “I hit a perfect chip shot. I mean, kind of almost like a flop shot, checked and made it. I mean, I feel like I played three holes in one hole, it was just exhausting hitting out of the rough.”

Ortiz chipped in from 58 feet for an unlikely par.

“I was really aggravated and I was really energized after making that chip. I don’t know how to react,” he laughed. “I was mad at the same time, but happy I made it.”