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Abraham Ancer wins the WGC Fed Ex St Jude in a playoff
Ancer won his first PGA Tour title at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, beating Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns on the second playoff hole with a 6 foot birdie putt.
Burns had a chance to extend the playoff but his birdie putt lipped on the right hand side of the cup handing Ancer the win.
"This is surreal," said Ancer, the 30-year-old former University of Oklahoma player who was born in McAllen, Texas. "I felt I left so many shots out there on the back nine, but you never know."
Half way through his round, Harris English the overnight leader was at 20 under. Ancer playing his 10th hole was five strokes behind.
"I said to [my caddie]: 'Harris is running away with it, I've got to make some birdies, I've got to make a move,'" Ancer said.
Hours later Ancer was celebrating his first PGA win.
English who was seeking his fifth career title and third this season had a meltdown on the back nine. Ahead by 2 shoots at 20 under, he played the back nine in 5 over and missing a 13 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to join the play off.
"It was definitely a surprise to win," Ancer said. "I couldn't believe I was tied for the lead on [No. 16]. I thought I was 4 behind. But you never know in golf."
''It was a dream come true to win on the PGA Tour,'' Ancer said.