Why Would a Mexican Professional Golfer Call Himself “El Turco”?

Last Updated on March 29, 2022 by

He’s a dual citizenship. Ancer was born in the United States but currently plays under the Mexican flag. He owns a dual citizenship of Mexico and the United States. He was born in McAllen, Texas, but his family then moved to Reynosa, Mexico. “All my life i grew up in Mexico, until I turned 15,” he recount.  “My whole family is from there. I get a lot of people who ask me, ‘Hey, why do you play for Mexico?’ That’s all I ever knew. All my friends can attest that I’m very Mexican.”

What does Turco mean?

What does Turco mean

Turk is an ethnic Italian name, Turco Italian, or nicknamed from the same word in the sense of a non-Christian, following the ferocious, cruel, medieval ethnic stereotype, or short-tempered person.

Who was El Turco in real life?

Who was El Turco in real life

El Turco (unknown to 1541). El Turco (or The Turk), so called by Spaniards because he was a captive of Indians at Cicúique, his appearance, an Indian town near the site of contemporary Pecos, New Mexico. He was delivered in 1540 to Capt. Hernando de Alvarado, an officer of Francisco Vamázquaz de Coronado.

Why is Abraham Ancer called the Turk?

“So my last name comes from Syria. But the length and breath of the story, Ancer – they often called me ‘Little Arab’ while growing up in Mexico. Some parts of South America, to Arabs in Mexico, they often call them Turk and the name just stuck to me” Ancer recount.

Need-to-know about Abraham Ancer

Abraham Ancer has been making scenes and a lot of noise on the PGA Tour, which has led into the final round at the Quicken Loans National but questions has continued to pop about “Who is this budding Mexican golf star?” Below are some facts about him.

Abraham Ancer is looking for that first PGA Tour victory

In an interview with Boston Globe, Ancer said, “I’ve always had a dream where I won the PGA Tour event”. “I’ve been playing golf since I can really remember, probably since I was either three or four years old. A PGA tour win would mean a lot to me and to Mexico, too, much because Mexico hasn’t had a player to win it since. I don’t know, 40 years or something years ago. It would be very special.”

Abraham Ancer has found his way onto the PGA Tour in 2016 but he has had a difficult time, making six cuts in the 19 starts. On the money list he finished 197th. He has fared better on the website web.com tour in 2017 and he has earned his way to the big Tours.

Golf experts rate Abe Ancer as a rising star in the golf world.

He’s just 5-foot-7

Abe Ancer is on the list of the shorter PGA Tour players, he is listed just 5-foot-7. He’s a living proof that not all modern golf players should have to be Koepka-sized to succeed. His height places him somewhere just below Rory McIlroy (which is 5-9) and in the league of short, successful players like Brian Harman and David Lingmerth (both of which are listed 5-7). Ancer doesn’t hit the golf ball averagely far (an approximately 295.9 average driving distance, 101st on Golf Tour) but that hits is a fairly high percentage of fairways.

He went to the University of Oklahoma

Ancer attended Odessa Junior College in Texas, he played three years for the Oklahoma Sooners and left quite a legacy for anyone else to supersede. He finished second in the OU history in career scoring average in relation to par at 72.42 (which is +0.93), just behind Anthony Kim (71.73; +0.22). He concluded his career with two wins and Desert Shootout his sophomore year, shot a nine-under 63, tied for low 18-hole round in school history.

He’s Miura’s first-ever “PGA Tour Brand Ambassador”

For Miura, this is a great deal, Miura has been in the business of making finely-crafted forged iron for countless years (report has it that they also made a club for Tiger Woods) but Miura never sought out any formal relationship with a Tour players not until now. In a memo release, Miura described Ancer as “just the perfect partner to grow and take Miura’s presence immensely on and off the course,” citing their desire to extend their market share and reach to Mexico.

Frequently Asked Questions

What nationality is ancer?

Ancer has dual citizenship of American and Mexico. But currently he claims to be American without downplaying his ties with Mexico.

Has a Mexican ever won the PGA Tour?

Yes, a handful of golfers has won the PGA Tour, these include just three players; Regalado, Cesar Sanudo and Carlos Ortiz.

What other things does Abraham Ancer into?

Away from the golf course, Ancer co-founded Azul, a company that is dedicated to producing ultra premium tequila. Ancer founded the company with Aron Marquez and the manufacturing plant in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico.

Is Ancer a great Golfer?

Yes, Abraham Ancer is a great Golfer. Hos presence in the PGA Tour is a testament to that. He has won quite a handful of golf competitions in America. His biggest dream at the moment is to win the PGA Tour not just for himself but for the Mexican community.


Ancer grew up in Reynosa, Mexico but was born in South Texas.  result in his dual citizenship. Club Campestre de Reynosa was where he learned how to play golf. His father was the reason he infatuated the game but died in 2014. He has worked hard from whence he started from to the PGA Tour level. He has defeated obstacles such as height and dual citizenship to win a few championship with an ultimate dream of winning the PGA Tour for Mexico.

He is also a golfer with an entrepreneurial mindset. Abraham Ancer co-founded a  Tequila business that is thriving and has branches scattered  all around the world.

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