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By : BGA Proshop
Heading into the final round of the Australian Open it was Abraham Ancer's tournament to win or lose and on a challenging golf course like The Lakes in NSW his win was not a guarantee.
Starting the day with a 5 shot lead many in the crowd were wondering if he would crumble if someone started to put some pressure on but he was never threatened the whole day.
Ancer knew what he need to do and that was to stay away from trouble as there was plenty of water out there but he managed to do that and it was only Australian Dimi Papadatas, who got within four shots, who put on some type of fight but it was not enough in the end. The Mexican claimed his first win on Australian soil and joining players like Nicklaus, Player, Palmer, Thomson, Norman McIlroy and Speith all who do not need their first name to be mentioned to know who they are.
Ancer said after the round “I’m on cloud nine right now, it’s been a phenomenal week. It’s felt like a short week, because I got here on Wednesday when I normally get to tournaments on Mondays. But it’s been absolutely phenomenal. My first time in Australia, everybody told me how great it was and I feel like I love this country already in four or five days that I’ve been here.’’
“Hopefully me playing well and winning this event will touch more kids in Mexico and they’ll start playing the game. Slowly but surely Mexican golf but also Latin American golf is growing.’’
The win also gives Ancer a spot on next year's Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.