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Moore, McCoy lead US Amateur after stroke play

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — Taylor Moore and Lee McCoy were at 8-under 135 to earn medalist honors after stroke play Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Moore, a junior at the University of Arkansas, birdied four of his last five holes to shoot a 69 on the par-71 Highlands course. McCoy, a junior at Georgia, overcame a double-bogey with a stretch of five birdies in seven holes for a 68.

"I've been playing well coming in, so I just wanted to stay patient out there and give myself some opportunities and I did that," said Moore, from Edmond, Oklahoma.. "I wasn't as sharp as I was yesterday, but held it together and stayed patient and finished good today."

Cheng-Tsung Pan, Jimmy Beck, Sam Burns, Jonathan Garrick and Will Zalatoris were at 5-under 138.

The top 60 players have qualified for match play, which will lead up to the championship on Sunday. A playoff involving 17 players for the final four spots in the field will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday on the Riverside Course.

"It's unbelievable. I couldn't be happier," said McCoy, from Clarkesville, Georgia. "Well, I guess I could be. I'd like to be holding the trophy at the end of the week. It's great to be a high seed going into the weekend, but you know the main goal is still in check . still trying to get that trophy."

Burns, an 18-year-old high school senior from Shreveport, Louisiana, shot a 66, the day's low round, on the par-72 Riverside Course. He had seven birdies and one bogey.

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