Struggles on the 17th hole at the Buenos Aires Golf Club saw Canada drop to sixth heading into the final round of the 2010 Men’s World Amateur Team Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Canadian trio of Eugene Wong of Vancouver (67-75), Albin Choi of Toronto (70-77) and Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont. (75-76) carded a second-round team total of seven-over 151.
Burke and Wong were each one-over through their opening 16 holes in cool and windy conditions.
Wong double-bogeyed the 385-yard par four 17th, Burke made triple bogey and Canada dropped five shots on the hole. Each player missed birdie tries on 18 and Canada headed into Sunday’s final round nine shots off the lead.
Team Canada was one of 34 countries that took to the course Saturday morning needing to complete their second round after heavy rain and lightning forced the suspension of play on Friday.
When play resumed, Canada was alone in second at five under for the tournament, a single stroke back of Denmark, which held the clubhouse lead at six under through 36 holes.
France, the round one leader, struggled early before bouncing back to finish even par on the day and seven under through 36 holes, good for a one-stroke lead over Denmark (-6) heading into final round action.
Wong holds a share of fifth place in individual play, tied with two other golfers at one under. Joachim Hansen of Denmark is the overall leader at seven under.
Choi fell back into a share of 31st at four over, while Burke is tied for 63rd at eight over.
Following Friday’s heavy rain and lightning, tournament officials decided to reduce this year’s event to a 54-hole competition, with the final round beginning immediately following the completion of the second round.
After the completion of the second round, a draw was made for the third round with the leading teams playing at Buenos Aires Golf Club and the lower half of the field competing at Olivos Golf Club.