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Mexican golfer comes close to breaking 40-year drought

Golfer Abraham Ancer failed in his bid to become the first Mexican to win a PGA Tour title in 40 years at TPC Boston last weekend.

pg24aAncer was the surprise third round leader of the Dell Technologies Championship after shooting a stunning 65 on Sunday, putting him one stroke ahead of the U.K.’s Tyrrell Hatton and Bryson DeChambeau of the United States.

Unfortunately, Ancer carded a final round 73 on Memorial Day to leave him tied for seventh place, five strokes back of winner DeChambeau.

Holding both Mexican and U.S. citizenship, McAllen (Texas)-born Ancer was hoping to become the first Mexican golfer to win a PGA tournament since Victor Regalado won the 1978 Quad Cities Open.

Despite his U.S. birth roots, Ancer clearly identifies with Mexico, saying that his first tour victory would be “awesome” for this country.

Ancer, 27, ranks 86th in this year’s PGA money list, with $US1.65 million in earnings.  He finished tied fifth in the Canadian Open in July and has four more top-ten showings in 28 starts on this year’s tour.

The Dell Technologies Championship was the second of the four FedEx Cup playoff events that bring the PGA season to a close.  Currently placed in 56th position in the FedEx standings, Ancer is among the top 70 points leaders who have qualified for the third event, the BMW Championship, to be played at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, this weekend.

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