Currently, there are only 4 Latino golfers among the 100 best players in the world .
There are some Latin Americans who manage to succeed in this sport. / Photos: TW-Abraham_Ancer, IG-joaco_niemann
LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño
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Golf has never been a popular sport in Latin America. This could be because, unlike other disciplines such as soccer or volleyball, the economic barrier to access this sport is much higher. A golfer, even if he is not a professional, must have his own set of clubs, balls and clothing that is adapted to the dress code of some tournaments in order to start entering the professional world. Compared to soccer, where you only need a ball and a court (sometimes not even that), golf may seem unaffordable to some Latinos.
However, despite these adversities, there are some Latin Americans who manage to succeed in this sport. There are not many who manage to see the top (at the moment, there are only 4 in the top 100 of the sport) but, even so, we want to highlight them. These are, in the third week of the year, the best Latino golfers in the world.
Joaquin Niemann- Chile
Niemann is currently 25 in the world, being the Latin American with the highest ranking. All of his best performances have been relatively recent. In 2019 he won the “A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier” tournament and has finished second in two major tournaments this year: the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Niemann turned pro in 2018, so he has a bright future ahead of him.
Buena ronda hoy para ponernos en buena posición para mañana! Listo para cerrar con todo Good round today to move into position for tomorrow! Ready to make it happen @BMWchamps pic.twitter.com/BsJYH3Ebt4— joaconiemann (@joaconiemann) August 29, 2020
Abraham Ancer- Mexico
Abraham Ancer is right behind Niemann at number 26 in the world. In 2018 he won the Emirates Australian Open and has finished second in two recent tournaments: The RBC Heritage and the Northern Trust.
Carlos Ortiz- Mexico
The number 53 in the world, Carlos Ortiz, has been the winner of multiple tournaments, including the Vivint Houston Open (2020), the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft (2014), the Bosque Mexico Championship (2014) and the Panama Claro Championship (2014). With his victory at the Houston Open, he became the first Mexican in 42 years to win a PGA TOUR tournament.
Juan Sebastián Muñoz- Colombia
Finally, in position number 59 in the world we have Juan Sebastián Muñoz, the Colombian golfer. Some championships he already conquered are the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2019 and the Club Colombia Championship Presented by Claro in 2016.