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Abraham Ancer holds firm grip on Mexican player exemption
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – With three weeks remaining until the best players in the world return to Mexico City for the year’s first World Golf Championships event, the tournament has announced another high-profile commitment with reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka set to make his second start in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship when the event returns Club de Golf Chapultepec February 20-24, 2019.
Koepka is coming off a banner season on the PGA TOUR, which saw the 28-year-old successfully defend his title at the U.S. Open before adding his third career major victory at the PGA Championship. The Florida State University product began the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season in a similar fashion, winning THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to secure his fifth career PGA TOUR title.
His win in October also elevated Koepka to the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. Currently, No. 2 in the rankings, Koepka will return to the WGC-Mexico Championship for the first time since 2017 (T48) after missing last year’s tournament due to injury.
Koepka was among the first 30 players to qualify for the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship by virtue of advancing to the PGA TOUR season finale at the TOUR Championship, where Koepka went on to finish a career-high ninth in the final FedExCup standings.
The highest-ranked player from Mexico in the Official World Golf Ranking will officially qualify for the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship as of Monday, Feb. 11. At No. 58 in the world, Reynosa’s Abraham Ancer is looking primed to make his return trip to Club de Golf Chapultepec after making his first appearance in 2018.
It was a memorable 2018 for Ancer, who collected five top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, finished 60th in the final FedExCup standings, won in dominant fashion at the Australian Open and teamed with Roberto Diaz to finish T2 at the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf.
Ancer’s nearest fellow countryman in the rankings is Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, who currently sits at No. 349.
Players have several other opportunities over the next three weeks to qualify for the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship. Those players not already qualified can join the field by virtue of being inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, Feb. 11 and Monday, Feb. 18.
Additionally, the top 10 players from the European Tour Order of Merit will qualify as of Feb. 11 while the top 10 in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings will qualify as of Feb. 18.
New in 2019, if there are less than 72 players committed to the tournament, the next highest ranked available players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Feb. 18 will become eligible as required to fill the field of 72 players.
To purchase tickets to the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship, please visit wgcmexico.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at tournament preparations.
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