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Abraham Ancer set to qualify for 2020 tournament following best PGA TOUR finish
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Tournament officials for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship announced today that the PGA TOUR’s Policy Board has approved a revision to the host country exemption for the WGC-Mexico Championship to state that the highest available player on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) from Mexico is eligible, however, if that player is otherwise exempt, the next highest available player from Mexico within the top 300 on the OWGR would also become eligible.
This change will be included in the eligibility starting with the 2020 event, which will return to Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 17-23, 2020. The highest-ranked available player from Mexico will be selected as of Feb. 10.
With Abraham Ancer’s runner-up finish in the first FedExCup Playoffs event at THE NORTHERN TRUST, the Reynosa native jumped from No. 67 to No. 8 in the FedExCup standings, which ensures his first trip to the TOUR Championship in two weeks and a subsequent invitation to the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship. The top 30 players in the FedExCup standings who advance to the TOUR Championship are automatically exempt into the WGC-Mexico Championship.
“Yeah, that's huge. I was reading an e-mail saying that if I qualify on my own terms and not get that spot, then the next Mexican will get it, which that will be awesome, having two of us out there in that big event in Mexico City is going to be phenomenal.
“I'm closer to the W and really happy with all the boxes I checked off with this finish, the Presidents Cup, the TOUR Championship and all that. That was big. That last putt on 18 was huge.”
Ancer is currently the highest-ranked player from Mexico at No. 39 in the OWGR. With Ancer set to qualify for the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship through a different criterion, Carlos Ortiz would currently qualify as the next highest available player from Mexico within the top 300 on the OWGR (No. 220).
Ancer qualified for the WGC-Mexico Championship as Mexico’s highest-ranked player in 2018 and 2019. Roberto Diaz qualified for the event’s debut in Mexico City in 2017.
It was a historic Sunday for Ancer on another level, with his runner-up finish elevating him to No. 5 in the International Team standings and guaranteeing him a spot in the 2019 Presidents Cup. Ancer will be the first player from Mexico to compete in the Presidents Cup.
For more information, please visit wgcmexico.com. Ticket sales for the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all tournament updates.
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