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WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Recap

Abraham Ancer won his first PGA tour event by claiming the title at the World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

Final leaderboard
 A Ancer (Mex, S Burns (US), H Matsuyama (Jap); -15 H English (US); -14 D Berger (US), P Casey (Eng), C Smith (Aus); -12 W Zalatoris (US), B DeChambeau (US) 
Selected others: -11 D Johnson (US); -10 R McIlroy (NI), J Spieth (US); -7 L Oosthuizen (SA); -5 S Garcia (Spa), J Thomas (US, C Morikawa (US)

A disatorous start

The final round of the event started with Harris English at the top, and both Bryson DeChambeau and Cameron Smith two shots behind. English had lead since the first round and was favourite to maintain his good form.

English (73), DeChambeau (74), and Smith (72) all went the wrong way on a windy final day, while Ancer (68), Hideki Matsuyama (63) and Sam Burns (64) were all tied at the top.

It took a magnificent birdie on the second playoff hole from Ancer to give him the win after Burns lipped out from a similar distance.  

Ancer’s win puts him into the world’s top ten and lifts him up to sixth in the FedEx Cup. 

Word of the day is “Crazy”.

With nine holes left of the tournament, Harris English was three ahead of Bryson DeChambeau, and everything seemed like it was going to plan. That was until the wind picked up, ending English’s chances with a double-bogey on the 11th and 14th, and a bogey on the 16th. 

DeChambeau followed English down the leaderboard by dropping five shots on the back nine as well. 

Matsuyama and Burns were both safely in the club house as they watched the leaders come back towards them, and then disappear out of sight, apart from eventual winner, Abraham Ancer. 

Speaking after the win, the word he kept coming back to was “crazy” which sums up the last couple of weeks for the Mexican. 

Along with 18 other players, Ancer flew from Japan – after finishing T-14th at the Olympics last week – to compete in Memphis. Whatever he was doing to stay awake clearly worked, as the Mexican didn’t make a single bogey all week.   

Anyone’s to win

With four tournaments left of the season, ending with the Tour Championship, at East Lake Golf Club, In Atlanta, there are plenty of players in with a chance of winning the FedEx cup. 

Open Champion, Collin Morikawa holds the lead over Jordan Spieth, with less than 500 FedEx Cup points separating the top eleven players in the standings. 

It is going to take real patience to win the FedEx Cup, the kind of patience it takes to win your first title, in spite of all the near misses one might have experienced leading up to that victory.

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