Abraham Ancer has sealed his place at next year’s Open Championship after claiming a five-shot victory at the Australian Open on Sunday. The Mexican came into his final round already holding a five-shot lead and he never really looked in danger of relinquishing that advantage once he chipped in for a bonus birdie at his fourth hole of the day.
The 27-year-old went on to make a further three birdies, while he only dropped one shot, as he signed for a round of 69 that saw him post a winning score of 16-under-par.
The win was only Ancer’s second as a professional and his first since he emerged victorious on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
Speaking after his win, Ancer said: “This win will give me a lot of confidence and hopefully it’ll be the case for me as well. “I’m really on cloud nine at the moment. I’d never been to Australia before this week and I think I’m really starting to love this country.”
The victory also sealed Ancer his place at next year’s Open Championship at Portrush and he is looking forward to competing in the event once again after failing to make the cut on his debut earlier this year.
He added: “I’m extremely excited to be going to Royal Portrush. I got a taste of The Open at Carnoustie earlier this year and it’s a Championship I want to come back to every single year.”
Australian Dimitrios Papadatos finished in second place on 11-under and that was enough for him to seal his place at the Open, while Jake McLeod will also compete for the Claret Jug next year, as he finished a further stroke back in third.