Mexico’s Abraham Ancer won the gold medal in men’s golf at the Pan American Games, beating fellow LIV Golf member Sebastián Muñoz in Sunday’s final round at Prince of Wales Country Club outside Santiago, Chile.
Ancer, a member of the Spanish-speaking Fireballs GC team in the LIV Golf League, shot a final round 5-under 67 to finish the 72-hole event at 21 under.
“I feel incredible. It’s a great feeling,” Ancer said. “It’s always very nice and different to play representing your country. The truth is that the battle with Muñoz was amazing; we were competing hard throughout the round. It really feels great to hang the medal around my neck and add one more to Mexico.”
It was the first gold medal that Mexico has won in men’s golf in the Pan American Games.
“I felt very good, to be honest," Ancer said. "The last two days, I rolled the ball very well and felt very comfortable. The key was the first two rounds to find a way to play and save the round to be in a good position, and over the weekend, I played very solid."
Muñoz, who plays for another Spanish-speaking team, Torque GC, shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 20 under.
“I feel good. I feel like it’s been a year of good golf,” said Muñoz, who is from Colombia. “Obviously, I wanted the gold, but it didn’t happen. I discovered something that will possibly help me in the future, and I’m excited about what’s to come.”
Muñoz’s Torque captain, Joaquin Niemann, finished tied for sixth while competing in his homeland of Chile.