final continues at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The championship will be broadcast by NBC
from 4 to 6 p.m.
Yang, who is
bidding to become the first Korean to win the U.S. Amateur since Byeong-Hun An
in 2009, won the first two holes in the morning. He made a nice recovery for a
par on the first hole after hitting his tee shot into the right fairway bunker
and then made an 11-foot birdie putt on the following hole.
advanced to the championship final with a 1-up victory over Denny McCarthy, of
Rockville, Md. and reached the semifinals for the second consecutive year, was
conceded a short birdie on the 560-yard, par-5 fifth that sliced the lead in
half. Yang pushed his cushion back to a two-hole advantage when he made a
3½-foot par putt on the par-3 seventh.
recent graduate of Kent State University who is trying to become the third
Canadian to win the U.S. Amateur and the first since 1971, twice more cut into
his opponent’s margin. However, Yang, who defeated Frederick Wedel, of The
Woodlands, Texas, in 19 holes, in the semifinal round, answered with a 32-foot
uphill birdie putt at No. 9 and won the par-3 15th with a 9-foot par putt.
unleashed a 333-yard drive on the par-5 18th, while Conners found the right
fairway bunker, which forced him to lay up. It appeared Yang, the junior-to-be
at San Diego State University, would be in position to increase his lead. But
Conners won the hole by lofting his approach to within 4½ feet to set up a
birdie, while Yang ran his 65-foot eagle putt past the hole and settled for
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