Just hours before the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games, the podium for the men’s golf tournament was defined, with Mexico’s golfer Abraham Ancer signing a final score of 267 strokes, 21 strokes under par, to secure the gold medal. The LIV Golf player went head to head with Colombia’s golfer Sebastián Muñoz until the 18th hole and emerged as the best golfer of Santiago 2023.

“I feel incredible. It’s a great feeling. 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,” said Ancer, who won a title on the PGA Tour in 2021.

Ancer remained consistent over the four days of competition at the Prince of Wales Country Club in the La Reina suburb. In the final round, he shot five strokes under par, which was enough to make him the best golfer of the Pan American Games.

“I felt very good, to be honest. 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,” explained the Mexican golfer.

Ancer delivered the first gold medal in golf to his country at the Pan American Games, marking the 131st medal at Santiago 2023.


Sebastian Muñoz secured the silver medal for Colombia. The LIV Golf player finished his participation in Santiago 2023 with a score of 20 strokes under par. The bronze went to the young 22-year-old American, Dylan Menante, with a final score of 271 strokes and -17.

“I feel good. I feel like it’s been a year of good golf. 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,” explained the Colombian Muñoz.

Written by Renato Gonzalez