Abraham Ancer became the fifth Mexican in history to play the Augusta Masters and will seek to surpass the 24th place that Antonio Cerdá occupied in 1961
The Augusta Masters officially began this Thursday when Jack nicklaus Y Gary Player they gave the famous honorary start at 8 a.m. Georgia time. However, 92 golfers will seek the glory of the ‘Green Jacket’ and among themselves Abraham Ancer, the only Mexican in the best field of 2020.
Ancer will be the fifth Mexican in history to play the tournament and the first national professional golfer to play in Augusta National since Víctor Regalado did it in 1979.
Although Álvaro Ortiz was present last year when he played the 2019 edition, he did so as an amateur after he won the Latin American Amateur Championship.
The best result for a Mexican at the Masters was in 1961 when Antonio Cerdá, the first Mexican to play the tournament, finished tied for 24th place.
Nowadays, Ancer it is in 21st place in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Not including the amateur players who will play this edition of the Masters, Ancer He is the highest ranked golfer without a PGA or European Tour win. The ‘Turco’ has such a high ranking thanks to results in the top-10 of ten tournaments in the last two years.
Also, in case Ancer wins, he would be the first player to claim his first PGA Tour / European Tour victory at the Masters since Claude Harmon in 1948. Ancer he would be the third Latino to win a ‘Major’ and second to achieve The Masters.
Ancer will be part of the Latin American legion that will play the Masters and 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.
* This note was made with information from ESPN Stats & Info