Abraham Ancer, first Mexican to play in Augusta in 41 years

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Abraham Ancer, first Mexican to play in Augusta in 41 years

The Mexican golfer, 22 in the official world golf ranking, said that it will be an honor to participate in his first Masters in his career

MEXICO – A Mexican professional golfer has not played at Augusta National for the Masters since Victor Regalado did so in 1979. This week, Abraham Ancer of Tamaulipas will have the privilege of playing one of the most important Majors on the PGA Tour.

For the first time in his career, Ancer will step on the legendary fairways of Augusta National and will be on 18 of the best greens in the world. You will go through a field full of flowers and emblematic holes such as ‘Azalea’ or ‘Golden Bell’.

Ancer, who is ranked 22nd in the official world golf rankings, told ESPN exclusively that it will be an honor to participate in his first Masters, a privilege that he earned after two years of solid golf and participating in the playoffs of the FedEx Cup.

“Very happy to play my first Masters. I’m very excited, it will be a little weird in November and no fans. You always have rows and rows of fans, but you have to take what we have right now and enjoy it to the fullest. I played Augusta National last week and the first thing is to get there and drive down Magnolia Lane. Is incredible. It felt like Disneyland, ”Ancer told ESPN analyst John Sutcliffe.

“We had a tour of the facilities. Nick Evans gave us the tour. We played 27 holes. I played the ‘back nine’ twice. The field in excellent condition. An incredible experience. I have talked to several very experienced players there. The Wednesday that I went, I was ‘cadded’ by a caddy who has been there for many years. I received good advice on each hole and the trends on the greens, ”said the one from Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

As a natural competitor and one of the PGA Tour players that has shown the most progress in recent years, Ancer celebrated and clarified that going with the Mexican flag to one of the most emblematic tournaments is an indescribable feeling.

“It is a very important pride to represent Mexico. We haven’t had a presence since the 70’s with a professional and I’m excited to be there with the Mexican flag. I will give everything I bring and knowing that I am qualified for the next Masters gives me a lot of motivation. Maybe the first time you play you don’t have a good record, I’ll try to change it, but I’m going to learn a lot, “he said.

Ancer will be part of the Latin American legion that will play the Masters, he will be accompanied by Sebastián Muñoz from Colombia and Abel Gallegos from Argentina (amateur). Joaquín Niemann from Chile withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for Covid-19.

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