The third round in the Olympic tournament ended, and the Mexicans maintain their good performances: Ortiz remained in third place and Ancer in eleventh.
Round 3 of golf is over, and Carlos Ortiz continues to emerge as a serious medal contender. On this occasion, the Mexican finished in position 3 with 12 under par. On the other hand, Abraham Ancer bounced back from his last round and posted a nine-under par, which seeded him in eleventh place. Thus, the competition is increasingly close, especially with his counterparts from the United States, Xander Schauffele, and Japan, Hideki Matsuyama, leading the competition. Despite this, there is still hope that Mexico can take one more medal at Tokyo 2020.
Although the competition for Ortiz became complex in the beginning since from being co-leader at the end of round 2, he moved to fourth place after lowering his average to 9 under par. However, he knew how to recover and regain the highest positions.
On the other hand, Abraham Ancer had a start contrary to his compatriot, as he started the round in position 20 with an average of 4 strokes under par. Nevertheless, his progress was remarkable since, by hole 17, he was already with a nine-under par, which placed him in the 10th position of the Olympic ranking. The same that he could not maintain due to the performance of other golfers, but only one was below.
The competition with the Americans was fierce from the previous round, including Ortiz had the opportunity to go as the lone leader on the 10th hole; he only needed to throw a birdie. However, it was not possible because he did not introduce the ball in that launch, and he had to do one more, which did not guarantee the -1 that would help his average.
This reduced the performance of the Jalisco golfer; from being a shared leader, he dropped to third place with 11 strokes under par, thus giving the North American first place and the Japanese second. Eventually, at the 15th hole, he recomposed his pace and regained the sub-leadership (tying with the Japanese). He made a fantastic shot for the next hole that gave him that second solo spot, but on his final attempt, he failed to birdie and lowered his average to 12 under par, leaving him in third place.
In Abraham Ancer, his game was solid and practical in critical moments of the round: for holes 15 and 16, he reached nine under par through 2 birdies; this made him go 11th place in the ranking after having played all 18 holes.
The possibility of a medal is distant for Ancer, but this does not mean that Abraham's performance has been negative; not everyone can and has the faculties to fight a top 10 among the best golfers on the planet. His eleventh place will allow him to fight in the fourth round to be one of the ten most select in world golf.
The ranking ended with Xander Schauffel (-14) as the leader, Hideki Matsuyama (-13) in second position alone, and Carlos Ortiz sharing third place with British Paul Casey with 12 under par.
The illusion of getting a medal for the Mexican delegation falls on the shoulders of Carlos Ortiz, who does not give truce and from the first round has positioned himself in the first places. Although nerves may play an important role, the Mexican athlete's precision can make him worthy of a gold, silver, or bronze.
The fourth and last round of men's golf will be on July 31 at 5:30 p.m., Mexican time, but it must be remembered that this competition is demanding in terms of time to be extended until the first day of August. In contrast, the Mexican golfer, Gaby López, will begin her participation on August 3.