U.S. Open 2019: Abraham Ancer talks Pebble Beach, how late father helped his game

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Jason Day says he’s ‘underachieved,’ but new caddy Steve Williams will help “It’s always tough,” Ancer told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Corona Premier. “Every day I think about it would be awesome to have him here with me watching me play, I know he still is, but I mean, just being a little selfish and just having him here it would be incredible just to see all the work and all the effort he put in and invested in me to get me here.”Abraham Sr. died in 2014 after suffering a heart attack. He never got a chance to see his son play on the PGA Tour, but encouraged his namesake in the game from the time he was in diapers.He had his son on the course in the family’s home town of Reynosa, Mexico, and did all he could to help the young man’s game. What came of that was a chance to play in junior college and eventually a scholarship to Oklahoma which served as a springboard to professional golf.It’s something Ancer would have loved to experience with his dad, especially when, a year after his father’s death, he earned his PGA Tour card.”It took a lot out of him money-wise, he went out of his way for me to play at junior events, whatever he could get me on he would do,” Ancer said. “So I’ll always be extremely thankful for that.”Ancer never really got to play in the high-level AJGA events growing up, but he said both of his parents did all they could to support him which helped him earn a chance to play at the next level. And now he has a chance to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. U.S. Open 2019: Dustin Johnson says he’s ‘very comfortable’ at Pebble Beach But when Ancer hits his first drive and rolls his first putt, he will be without the man who helped grow his passion for the game.Ancer’s father, also named Abraham, died in 2014 and never saw the 28-year-old play in a single major. It’s difficult for Ancer to deal with and something he would have loved to be able to share with his dad. Related Newscenter_img When Abraham Ancer steps onto the first tee at Pebble Beach in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday it will be a special moment for a lot of reasons.It will be his first appearance at the Open and only his third opportunity at a major, and of course, just playing at Pebble Beach is special in and of itself. It’s a moment not lost on the young golfer from Mexico and one he can’t wait to experience for the first time.”Every hole is just so good out here,” Ancer said. “But I mean the stretch from 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, all of those holes that are right along the ocean, I mean the views are incredible.”I’m going to try to just enjoy that and it’s funny to say that, at Corona their saying is to ‘enjoy the view’ and this is just perfect for this golf course.”last_img read more

Sterling’s World Cup stats actually highlight one of England’s hardest workers

first_img GETTING READY As you can see in the touch map above, right, Sterling had plenty of touches in Sweden’s penalty area during the 2-0 quarter-final win. In fact it was 10 more than any other England player and 11 more than he had against Colombia in the last 16 game. In addition, the 23-year-old Manchester City ace is running more miles per England game.And will anyone care whether or not Sterling scores for England in Russia if the Three Lions actually win the World Cup? This is what Ian Wright used his column in The Sun to ask.“He had an excellent game against Sweden, running into space and stretching the defence,” he wrote, adding that manager Gareth Southgate has stuck with him because he knows what he brings to the team.“I’m a huge Marcus Rashford fan and he is a more than capable deputy for Sterling, ” Wright continued. “But Raheem is doing really good things and just needs to relax.” RIP LEGEND How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? explained Raheem Sterling is one of Gareth Southgate’s key England players, despite having struggled for goals in Russia sad day Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal ENGLAND NEWS drama 2 Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 Second is best center_img have a look preparation How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it 2 TALENT Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 ANALYSIS ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania Croatia v England is live on talkSPORT at 19:00 (UK time) on Wednesday 11 July here.Raheem Sterling may not have scored yet, but the Manchester City forward is still one of England’s hardest workers.Eric Dier, his team-mate used a recent press conference to talk up his team-mates’ ‘fantastic’ work-rate and attitude.“He offers so much to the team,” the midfielder said. “His willingness to make forward runs. Obviously his quality in possession. He can come short and link the play. He can make runs in behind. Off the ball his work rate is incredible. It’s so clear to see if you were to watch back all of our games until now, the importance he has on the team. I think he’s had a fantastic tournament so far. Hopefully he can continue to have one in the next week.”last_img read more