CM – Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz look forward to playing together in Mexico and expanding the sport

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The PGA Tour is making its annual stop in Mexico this week in Mayakoba and two local heroes will play side by side for the first two days in what should attract the largest gallery in the field.

Native Mexican people Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz are grouped with Spaniard Sergio Garcia and are all looking forward to giving the home crowd a reason to cheer on a course they are familiar with.

« This is one of my favorite weeks on the entire calendar, » said Ancer, the betting co-favorite this week. « It’s a tournament that means a lot to me. I have a lot of great memories. It’s a golf course that I love, just the area, the hotels, everything. The whole experience is amazing. Being Mexican, just having that event and, well, I think the [WGC-Mexico Championship] at some point, every week we have the chance to play in front of our people, that means a lot to me and the rest of the Mexicans who are in the field. « 

Ortiz, the other full-time Mexican player on the tour who has played three top 10 games in Mayakoba since 2014, conveyed the same excitement.

« I’m always excited to be back, » said Ortiz. « Mexico is obviously my home country, a special place. This is a beautiful country, I feel like I’m on vacation. I never feel like I’m playing a tournament. Maybe that’s why I play so well. »

Ancer and Ortiz , who both achieved their first PGA Tour victories last season, are delighted to be playing golf not only south of the border, but throughout Latin America together with the Chileans Joaquín Niemann and Mito Pereira, the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and the Argentine Emiliano. expanding Grillo, who are all in the field this week.

« It was great for us, » said Ortiz. « It was so much fun, we are good friends. I think we carry this Latinoamerica – there isn’t really a flag, but we carry the Latinoamerica name and we try to promote golf as much as possible and expand each of our countries . I think we’re doing a good job. There’s still a lot to do, and at the end of the day we’re trying to motivate and inspire the next kids to come to the PGA Tour. « 

During Mexico’s Stars this week competing on home turf, the sport will continue on its way to becoming more global.

« It has definitely grown massively down here, I think, over the past two years with what [Ancer and Ortiz] have done. I think it’s very important in golf, « said Brooks Koepka. “We want to be a sport that is known worldwide, known in every country, everyone plays it. I think that’s a big deal. They want these kids to adore them when they grow up and come to play, just like me. Everyone out here idolized someone I think you’re going to see a lot more guys paving that path in the next five years. Instead of two or three guys, you might see five to ten guys. « 

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