Abraham Ancer wins 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship - The Sporting Base

Abraham Ancer wins 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship

August 10, 2021

Abraham Ancer wins 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship

Abraham Ancer of Mexico has won the third World Golf Championship of 2021 on Sunday. From Memphis, Tennessee, Ancer defeated Sam Burns of the United States and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan in a playoff. For Matsuyama, it was the second time in two weeks he lost in a playoff. During the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, Matsuyama was part of the seven-man playoff for bronze which was won by C.T. Pan of Chinese Taipei.

Ancer posted scores in the 60s in all four rounds. He had a three-under-par 67 in round one, eight-under-par 62 in round two, three-under-par 67 in round three, and two-under-par 68 in round four. In the playoff, Ancer, Matsuyama and Burns all registered a par on the first hole, and then Ancer was the only one to have a birdie on the second hole.

American Harris English seemed to be the player in control and win the tournament. However in the fourth round he remarkably had two double bogeys where his tee shots landed in the water. English finished one shot back of the trio that went into the playoff. There was a three-way tie for fifth. There you could find Australia’s Cameron Smith, England’s Paul Casey, and American Daniel Berger.

Ancer becomes the first Mexican to win a World Golf Championship. The World Golf Championship has a Mexico connection as the WGC-Mexico Championship, took place in Mexico City in four straight years from 2017 to 2020.

The previous two WGC Championship winners in 2021 were both Americans. Collin Morikawa won the WGC event in Florida, and Billy Horschel won the WGC Match-Play Championship in Texas. 

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