The USA held off a charge by Canada to win the World Amateur Team Championship in Karuizawa, Japan.
The Americans won with a record score of 38-under-par 534, while Canada won the silver medal after finishing two strokes behind the leaders at 536.
Canada began the day six strokes behind the USA and used a seven-under 65 from Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., and a four-under 68 from Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., for team total of 133. Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., shot a 69 that didn’t count in the final day score.
The championship was tied at 37 under par when American Bryson DeChambeau and Conners, playing in the last group, reached the 18th tee.
Both players hit their drives in the fairway on the 443-yard, par four. DeChambeau played first and hit a 50-degree wedge from 110 yards to set up a nine-footer. Conners’ approach settled 35 feet from the hole on the back collar.
“I didn’t know about the scores and I wasn’t sure if his would be counting or not,” said Conners. “There was never a doubt that he was going to make it. It was a pretty nice looking putt.”
Conners left his birdie attempt short, which set the stage for DeChambeau’s winning birdie.
“We fought back really hard today,” said Canadian captain Graham Hill. “We knew that we were going to have to play well to have a chance and we played great and brought it right to the last hole.
“Obviously, it didn’t work out the way that we wanted, but we’re really proud of the guys for the way they played and the way they handled themselves. It’s a good finish for us, disappointing not to win, but we’re happy with it,” he said.