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Ancer finishes T4 for best career WGC finish
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Reigning FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Rory McIlroy notched his first victory of the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR Season with a victory in the first of four World Golf Championships events at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.
Having already qualified for the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship by virtue of advancing to the 2019 TOUR Championship, McIlroy will look to lift the Gene Sarazen Cup for the first time at Club de Golf Chapultepec after finishing runner up to Dustin Johnson in 2019.
Abraham Ancer carded weekend rounds of 67-67 to finish T4 and four strokes back of McIlroy. With the result, Ancer was elevated to a career-best 35th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Having already qualified for the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship, Ancer will look to improve his record at Club de Golf Chapultepec after finishing T52 and T39 in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship will return to Mexico City and Club de Golf Chapultepec from February 19-23, 2020. Tickets are now on sale at https://mexico.janto.es/wgc/public/janto/.
“WGCs are some of the biggest tournaments we play. It's always, you know, the strongest fields. You're playing against the best players in the world,” McIlroy said. “To win those events, it means that you've done something very well. I had a good chance to win in Mexico. Finished second.
“I've always enjoyed WGCs. I think it was a real thrill to get into those fields for the first time, and then to progress and to win a couple of them and be in contention in some of them, and you're going up against some of the best players in the world; I think as a competitor, you know, that's what I want to do. I want to go up against the best players in the world more often, and you really get a chance to do that at these events.”
In two career appearances in the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec, McIlroy has finished T7 (2017) and 2nd (2019), with an 8-under 63 in the first round of 2019 representing his best round.
With most, if not all of the top players in the Official World Golf Ranking expected to compete, the WGC-Mexico Championship will serve as the premier golf tournament in Latin America. The likes of defending champion Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, McIlroy and more are expected among a global field competing at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
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