World No. 22 Golfer Abraham Ancer learned a valuable lesson because he imitated Rory McIlroy at the PGA Tour.

Ancer lost his PGA Tour card because he tried to change his style and give up his knack.  Photo: USA Today

Ancer lost his PGA Tour card because he tried to change his style and give up his knack. Image: USA Today

“I quickly realized I made a big mistake trying to follow the playstyle of other golfers,” Ancer said on December 2. He is about to enter the Mayakoba Classic painting – the PGA Tour event in his native Mexico from December 3 to December 6.

It happened at the Frys.com Open 2015, now the Safeway Open. It was also the first time Ancer had fought the PGA Tour. At that time, the competitor born in 1991 happened to practice adjacent to the place of Rory McIlroy – now won four major in 10 PGA Tour titles and twice became number one in the world (OWGR).

“It was cold that morning. I went to the training ground and practiced the number 7 iron. Then Rory came next to me. He used the number 5 iron. The ball kept soaring up into the air, against the wind, and yet to fly 210 yards I just gasped and thought, ‘Oh my god, I can’t match it’ Then I started trying to hit higher and farther without realizing my strengths were gradually broken. That idea was terrible, “Ancer said.

After opening his eyes to McIlroy, Ancer began to change his style of play. However, the new ones are patchy and fragmentary. He continued: “I changed sticks, tried many things. I kept swinging the play style of the top players in the world without taking care of my skills and overcoming my shortcomings. As a result, I quickly slipped down. for 5 months, my golf course was horrible.

Ancer’s changes left a heavy impact, both technical and psychological. Ancer was cut in nine consecutive events. In the following 10 tournaments, he only returned to the top 20 once. In early 2016, Ancer lost his PGA Tour card and had to go down to Korn Ferry Tour to find his way back to promotion.

“When I dropped my grade, I calmly reconsidered. The lesson is expensive. But thanks to it, I found myself again. And since then, I determined to promote my strengths to achieve the present results”, Ancer gathered experience.

Returning to his forte game during relegation, Ancer finished third three times, added three times to the top 5 and regained his PGA Tour card. Since then, he has steadily climbed to OWGR, from 272th to current 22nd and up to 17 th.

Since 2017, Ancer has entered the Tour Championship twice – the annual PGA Tour closing event for the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup scorecard. Last season, Ancer attended 20 events and 17 elimination times, of which twice came second, receiving nearly three million dollars in prize money. This season, he played the weekend in all five appearances, with the brightest point being in the top group after 54 holes and finishing T13 in the major Masters on November 15.

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