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Abraham Ancer officially qualifies as Mexico’s top-ranked player; Mickelson wins 44th title
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Two former FedExCup champions have officially committed to the 2019 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship with 2017 champion Justin Thomas and 2016 winner Rory McIlroy set to return to Club de Golf Chapultepec next week, February 20-24, 2019.
After carding rounds of 72-70 in the first two rounds last year, Thomas found himself 11 strokes back of the lead heading into the weekend. On Saturday, Thomas moved from T38 to solo 10th after firing a new course record 62, which eclipsed the previous record of 63 set by Jordan Spieth in the third round in 2017.
Thomas followed it up with a stellar 64 on Sunday, which included a jarred sand-wedge from 119 yards for an eagle-2 on the par-4 18th to force a playoff with Phil Mickelson. Following the runner-up finish in Mexico City, Thomas went on to capture his first career World Golf Championships title at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational later in the season.
“Anytime you have the opportunity to play in a different country and have the opportunity to grow the game in another place is always great for all of us,” Thomas said.
Through five starts this season, Thomas has three top-5 finishes, including a solo third in his most recent start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
McIlroy will make his first start in Mexico City since 2017, where he finished T7. A two-time World Golf Championships winner, McIlroy is in search of his first World Golf Championships title since the 2015 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
“Since it was announced that this tournament was coming to Mexico City, I was excited about it,” McIlroy said in 2017. “I’ve been quite vocal in the fact that I think we’ve got the name ‘World Golf Championships’ in there and it’s great to be able to take them around the world.”
In just three starts to begin his 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, McIlroy has already collected two top-5 results at the Sentry Tournament of Champions (T4) and the Farmers Insurance Open (T5).
While Thomas and McIlroy remain in search of their first victory of the season, Mickelson collected his 44th career PGA TOUR title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which concluded on Monday morning due to a weather delay on Sunday morning. The defending champion of the WGC-Mexico Championship shot a 7-under 65 to edge Paul Casey by three shots and will return to Mexico City with his game in top form.
Joining Mickelson next week is Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who has officially qualified for the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship as the top-ranked player from Mexico. At No. 61 in the world, Ancer earned his second consecutive appearance in the field after a breakthrough year in 2018 that included a trip to the third leg of the FedExCup Playoffs and a win at the Australian Open.
The top 10 players in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings as of Feb. 11 are now officially qualified for the WGC-Mexico Championship. Four players qualified for the year’s first World Golf Championships event from this exemption category: Richard Sterne, David Lipsky, Joost Luiten and Aaron Rai.
Fourteen players also qualified by virtue of being inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking:
Players can still qualify by either jumping into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking by Monday, Feb. 18, or by being inside the top 10 in the FedExCup standings.
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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