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Canadian, South Korean advance to US Amateur final

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — Canadian Corey Conners and South Korean Gunn Yang to up the second straight all-foreign final in the U.S. Amateur on Saturday.

Conners beat Denny McCarthy of Rockville, Maryland, 1 up at Atlanta Athletic Club, and Yang edged Frederick Wedel of The Woodlands, Texas, in 19 holes.

Last year in the final at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, England's Matthew Fitzpatrick beat Australia's Oliver Goss. Conners, from Listowel, Ontario, is the first Canadian to reach the final since Gary Cowan won his second title in 1971.

Conners, coming off his senior season at Kent State, had par wins on the par-5 12th and par-4 13th to take a two-hole lead. McCarthy,, a senior at Virginia, won the par-4 16th with a birdie, and Conners halved the final two with pars to wrap up the match.

Yang, a sophomore at San Diego State, lost the 18th hole, then won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the 19th. Wedels is a junior at Pepperdine.

The finalists earned spots in the Masters next year, as long as they remain amateurs.