After a dramatic final round that ended in a play-off, Abraham Ancer won the St. Jude Invitational.
Following a play-off victory, Abraham Ancer won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Abraham Ancer won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after defeating Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns in a play-off. It was Ancer’s first PGA Tour victory.
After birdieing the second play-off hole, where Matsuyama and Burns could only make par, Ancer won his first PGA Tour title – and the World Golf Championship – to finish off a spectacular final round of golf at TPC Southwind.
On the second play-off hole, the Mexican hit his approach ball about six feet from the hole to put himself in excellent position, before Burns followed up with a carbon copy strike to put himself inside Ancer’s putt in good position.
Ancer calmly rolled in his birdie putt after Matsuyama two-putted for par to add the pressure on Burns, who knew he had to follow the Mexican in to extend the play-off.
As a result, in his 121st appearance, the American agonizingly missed his birdie effort low to the right, giving Ancer his first ever PGA Tour triumph.
The 30-year-old started the final round four strokes behind leader Harris English, but Ancer’s two-under-par 68 and English’s disastrous round saw the tables quickly turn at the top of the leaderboard.
After going two-under through his first nine holes to take a three-shot lead with nine holes to play, 54-hole leader English appeared to be in good shape to win his third tournament of the season.
However, a miserable finish for the American included double bogeys on 11 and 14, followed by a bogey on 16, as he finished three over par for the day and 15 under for the event, one shot behind tied leaders Ancer, Burns, and Matsuyama.
Despite being two strokes behind at the start of play, English’s playing partner Bryson DeChambeau struggled as well. The world number seven, like English, faltered late, shooting six-over par over his final nine holes to end the tournament on 12-under par.
Ancer’s play-off companions, Burns and Matsuyama, were the surprise packages of the day, with the former carding a six-under 64 and the latter a spectacular eight-under-par 62, forcing them into a tie for the lead at the close of play.
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