grew up in Korea and played competitive amateur golf in Australia for five
years, is the second
Korean-born player to win the U.S. Amateur, joining Byeong-Hun “Ben” An, who claimed
the title at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., in 2009.
Conners, 22, a
recent graduate of Kent State University in Ohio who lost to eventual champion
Matt Fitzpatrick in the 2013 semifinals, was vying to become the first Canadian
winner since Gary Cowan in 1971. He was the first player since Patrick Cantlay
in 2010 (semifinals) and 2011 (final) to advance to at least the semifinals in
More: Conners Looks Forward to Continued Development as an Amateur
Yang, who was playing in
his first U.S. Amateur after qualifying on July 21 at Hacienda Golf Club in La
Habra Heights, Calif., held a 1-up lead through the morning 18 holes. He never
trailed in the match.
won a tournament for a long time, like maybe five or six years,” said Gunn. “I
was going through my injury, also. I was just trying to play my game. Obviously,
it just popped in my head that if I beat Corey, then I win the trophy. But, I
was just trying to concentrate and just trying to hit balls and just put it
next to the hole and make the putt.”
member of the Canadian national team, won the first hole of the afternoon 18 to
square the match and that status held until Yang won the 24th and 25th holes
for a 2-up advantage.
Photos: Sunday's championship match
Yang led 1 up through 28
holes when the match was suspended at 4:25 p.m. because of dangerous weather.
Both players had hit their drives in the fairway on the 29th hole. Play resumed
at 6:02 p.m.
the ball great,” Conners said of Yang. “He made a lot of key putts when he
needed to and didn't really have any weaknesses out there. He didn't give me
any openings to climb through.”
Yang’s sloping, 18-foot
birdie putt on the 32nd hole pushed him to 2-up. Conners, the Mid-American
Conference co-player of the year, missed birdie opportunities on the next three
holes and Yang’s two-putt for a halving par on the par-3, 35th hole closed the
the second round, I had a lot of looks for birdie,” Conners said. “I had a bunch
of birdie tries. I thought I hit nice putts. They just slipped by and that was
kind of frustrating not to have any of those drop and win some holes.”
Yang receives a gold
medal and custody of the Havemeyer Trophy for the next year. By virtue of
reaching the U.S. Amateur Championship final, Yang and Conners each earned an
exemption into the 2015 U.S. Open – provided they remain amateurs – and a
likely invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament. The champion receives an
exemption into the 2015 British Open Championship.
earn an exemption into the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Result from Sunday’s
championship round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at 7,208-yard,
par-71 Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course (stroke-play qualifying score
Championship (36 holes)
Yang, Republic of Korea (141) def. Corey Conners, Canada (142), 2 and 1