NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — Carlos Ortiz won the Portland Open on Sunday for his third Web.com Tour victory of the season, making him fully exempt on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. The 23-year-old Mexican player closed with an even-par 71 for a one-stroke victory in the regular-season finale. He earned $144,000 to push his tour-leading total to $515,403, with the top 25 on the money list getting PGA Tour cards.
Adam Hadwin, a Canadian who competed in college at Louisville, tied for second and finished fourth in the standings to earn his PGA Tour card.
Also earning PGA status for next season were St. Xavier graduate Justin Thomas (fifth on the money list) and former U of L standout Derek Fathauer (13th).
They'll join J.B. Holmes (Taylor County, UK) and Josh Teater (Henry Clay, Morehead State) on the PGA Tour next season.
The four-event Web.com Tour Finals, also offering 25 PGA Tour cards, starts next week in Fort Wayne, Ind. The top 75 on the Web.com money list, and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings qualified for the series.
The 25 players who earned cards Sunday will continue to compete for a higher status on the PGA Tour, with regular-season earnings counting toward their totals. The rest of the players will start from scratch in the race for 25 more cards.