Carlos Alcaraz speaks with CNN after US Open win.
(CNN) — Carlos Alcaraz is a four-time PGA Tour winner, but perhaps more importantly, he is a two-time winner of the Mexican Open.
He is the only other person to win both the Mexican Open and the US Open.
In August at Oakmont Resort, the 42-year-old native of Toluca, Mexico, finally accomplished what he had always strived for.
In this most perfect of moments, he became the first Mexican to win the U.S. Open in the Open Championship’s 54-year history.
“It’s an honor to play on the same stage, the same green and the same course as Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, all in the same time is incredible,” Alcaraz said.
“It’s the dream of my life to win here and I’m here to do it. It’s a dream and I can’t keep going without a dream. I can’t keep going like I feel and feel like I feel.”
He was gracious in victory and in defeat.
Alcaraz is a two-time winner of the Mexican Open — his first at the age of 16.
He also won the Mexican final in the Masters in 1997, but that tournament was canceled.
He has won three major championships in a row.
“I played in the same tournament that Arnold Palmer won on the road here in Oakmont,” said Alcaraz, who has won the PGA Tour in 2002, 2003 and 2004. “We want to be the first to do it here so we can say that we did it.”
“I think I’m the only person that really knows what the golf course is all about,” he said. “I know when I play there, I see the green and when I see the green, I’m already there. When I see the green, I say, ‘OK, I’m there.'”
Asked if he ever thought he would win