Winner’s Circle: Ancer Claims Maiden Tour Victory at WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational

Abraham Ancer Wins WGC-Fedex-St Jude Invitational
Abraham Ancer reacts after making birdie on the 18th green during the second playoff hole at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 8, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Abraham Ancer shot a final-round 2-under 68, then edged Sam Burns and Hideki Matsuyama in a playoff to win the 2021 WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

The 30-year old Ancer finished his final round at TPC Southwind with just one bogey offset by a hat trick of birdies to reach 16 under.

In overtime, the three competitors each made par-4 on the 18th, but on the second go-round up the finishing hole in Memphis, Ancer capitalized on a perfect approach to make birdie and win his first PGA Tour title.

With the victory, Ancer earned $1,820,000 and 550 FedExCup points. He will move to No. 6 in the FedExCup standings and No. 9 on the money list. He also picked up 74 world ranking points and will jump from 23 to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings – his career best position.


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Pro-File

Full Name: Abraham Ancer
Nationality: Mexico
Height: 5′ 6″
Weight: 155 lb
Birthdate: Feb. 27, 1991 (age 30)
Native: McAllen, TX
Resides: San Antonio, TX
College: Univ. of Oklahoma
Highest World Rank: 10 (8/8/21)


Leaderboard: Top 5

1. Abraham Ancer -16 (-2)*
2. Hideki Matsuyama -16 (-7)
2. Sam Burns -16 (-6)
4. Harris English -15 (+3)
5. Daniel Berger -14 (-4)
5. Paul Casey -14 (-3)
5. Cameron Smith -14 (+2)
*Won in playoff


The Early Rounds at TPC Southwind
Harris English Leads WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Harris English plays his shot on the 8th hole during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 5, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Round 1
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 1)
1. Harris English -8 (62)
2. Ian Poulter -6 (64)
2. Carlos Ortiz -6 (64)
2. Jim Herman -6 (64)
2. Matthew Wolff -6 (64)
13. Abraham Ancer -3 (67)

Round 2
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
1. Harris English -13 (-5)
2. Cameron Smith -11 (-8)
2. Abraham Ancer -11 (-8)

Round 3
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Harris English -18 (-5)
2. Bryson DeChambeau -16 (-7)
2. Cameron Smith -16 (-5)
4. Abraham Ancer -14 (-3)


The Winning Numbers
Abraham Ancer Wins WGC-Fedex-St Jude Invitational
Abraham Ancer plays his shot on the 3rd hole during the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 8, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Topline Stats:
Driving: 295.8 yards (57th)
Fairways: 67.86% (38/56) (T10)
Greens: 70.83% (51/72) (T5)
Putts/GIR: 1.667 (T15)

Strokes Gained:
Off the Tee: 1.375 (16th)
Approach the Green: 4.404 (5th)
Around the Green: 2.857 (6th)
Putting: 3.575 (10th)
Tee to Green: 8.635 (4th)
Total: 12.211 (T1)


Ancer’s 2021 PGA Tour Season

Starts: 23
Cuts Made: 20
Wins: 1 (WGC-FedEx St Jude)
Additional Top 10: 6
Earnings: $5,539,831 (9th)
FedExCup Pts: 1,926 (6th)
World Rank Before/After: 23/10


WITB: Abraham Ancer
Abraham Ancer Wins WGC-Fedex-St Jude Invitational
Abraham Ancer tosses his ball as he walks off the second green during the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 8, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Abraham Ancer plays an eclectic bag of gear, including a Callaway driver, TaylorMade woods, Srixon and Miura irons, Odyssey putter and Titleist ball.

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (8.5˚)
3-Wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (14.5˚)
5-Wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (18˚)
Utility: Srixon ZX (4-iron, 23˚)
Irons: Miura TC-201 (5-PW)
Wedges: Miura HB-10 (52˚)
Wedges: Artisan Prototype (56˚, 60˚)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot No. 5 Stroke Lab
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Source: GolfWRX


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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