PGA officials target Australian Open champ

Darren Walton
Abraham Ancer of Mexico says he is weighing playing in the PGA after winning the Australian Open

Australian PGA Championship officials hope to lure Abraham Ancer to the Gold Coast after the Mexican sensation lit up The Lakes with a stylish Australian Open triumph.

Only golf nuts would have heard of Ancer before his commanding five-stroke victory on Sunday, the biggest winning margin since Jordan Spieth in 2014.

But now he's made a name for himself, officials hope he can grace the fairways of Royal Pines from November 29 to December 2.

Ancer hadn't planned on teeing up at the final event on the 2018 Australian calendar.

But after soaring to No.60 in the world with his win in Sydney, the 27-year-old could clinch a ticket to Augusta National next April with a decent finish at the PGA.

All players inside the top 50 as at December 31 qualify for the 2019 Masters and PGA Championship organisers have not only held a spot for Ancer but have also been in touch with his team.

While admitting to being drained even before next week's World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, where he will partner Roberto Diaz, the first Mexican winner said he'd fallen in love with Australia on his first visit Down Under and would give the PGA some thought.

"I thought about it, maybe not playing this and playing the World Cup and then playing, but it's going to be a lot of golf in a good stretch," Ancer said.

"That would make it like six tournaments in a row and going across the world.

"l'll have to talk about it and think about it now."

Ancer hopes to be a trailblazer for Mexican golf and raise the profile of the sport in the way that former women's world No.1 Lorena Ochoa did now that he's become the first man from his country to win a professional event outside of the Americas.

"I grew up in a border town called Reynosa, which is right there, a border town with Texas," he said.

"All my family is from Reynosa, and my mum and my dad knew a doctor in the US they were really familiar with and just felt comfortable with and I was just born in McAllen, Texas, across the border but I grew up all my life in Mexico.

"A lot of people ask me, 'Do you really feel Mexican?' and I'm like, anyone that knows me knows how Mexican I am.

"That's where I grew up playing the game and I feel like Mexican golf is growing quite a bit lately in tournaments like Mayakoba like I played last week and the WGC in Mexico City are doing huge things for Mexican golf.

"Hopefully, me playing well and winning this event will touch more kids in Mexico and they'll start playing the game.

"Slowly but surely, Mexican golf and also Latin American golf is growing."