Ancer wins FedEx St. Jude Invitational for 1st title

Golf

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico received the FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff gap.

Ancer received the World Golf Championships occasion at TPC Southland after Burns’ 5&#189-foot putt — on the identical line as Ancer’s — lipped out.

“That is surreal,” stated Ancer, the 30-year-old former College of Oklahoma participant who was born in McAllen, Texas. “I felt I left so many pictures on the market on the again 9, however you by no means know.”

Ancer, who completed second on the Wells Fargo Championship in Might, performed extra aggressively on the second additional journey down the par-4 18th.

“I went proper at it and the shot performed completely in my thoughts and it got here out simply how I pictured it,” he stated.

Harris English, the chief after every of the primary three rounds, faltered on the again 9 to present Ancer, Burns and Matsuyama an opportunity.

Ancer closed with a 2-under 68 to match Matsuyama and Burns at 16-under 264. Matsuyama shot a 63, and Burns had a 64. English, the 2013 champion at TPC Southwind, was a stroke again after a 73.

On the primary additional gap, Ancer, Burns and Matsuyama, coming off a bronze-medal playoff loss within the Tokyo Olympics, made first rate runs at birdies. Matsuyama had the shortest try — from 20 ft — and it practically went within the cup earlier than lipping out.

English was in search of the fifth title of his profession — and third this season — however collapsed on the again 9. Forward by 2 strokes at 20 beneath on the flip, he performed the again 9 in 5 over, lacking a 13-foot birdie putt on 18.

Bryson DeChambeau, 2 strokes behind English after a third-round 63, had a 74 to tie for eighth at 12 beneath. He missed the Olympics after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

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