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Aug 9th, 2021

Ancer wins WGC - FedEx St Jude Invitational

Mexican prevails in three man play-off in Memphis

Abraham Ancer became the first Mexican to win a European Tour title after defeating Sam Burns and Hideki Matsuyama in a play-off at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

The 30-year-old carded a 68 to finish at sixteen-under after 72 holes at TPC Southwind, with Matsuyama and Burns storming through the field on day four with rounds of 63 and 64 respectively.
Matsuyama almost won it on the first trip back up the last as he lipped out from 20 feet but Ancer put his approach to six feet at the second attempt before Burns incredibly got inside him.
Ancer piled on the pressure by making his putt and when Burns missed with his effort, Ancer had his first World Golf Championships win and moved to seventh in the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.
“I was trying to kind of let it all sink in there in the ceremony on 18. It was really surreal, something that I've been working for since I was a little kid," said Ancer.
"Definitely a dream, a dream come true to win on the PGA TOUR, and to do it on a big stage like a WGC event was really, really cool, man."
American Harris English had entered day four with a two shot lead at eighteen-under but fired a 73 to finish a shot out of the play-off, one clear of countryman Daniel Berger, England's Paul Casey and Australian Cameron Smith.

Smith had been in line for a play-off place but a double bogey on the last saw him sign for a 72 and slip back alongside Berger, who finished with a 66, and Casey, who carded a 67.

Bryson DeChambeau's 74 left him at twelve-under alongside fellow American Will Zalatoris, a shot clear of England's Ian Poulter and former World Number One Dustin Johnson.

TAGS: European Tour, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Abraham Ancer, Hideki Matsuyama, Sam Burns, 2021