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Yang, Conners to face off for U.S. Amateur crown
Johns Creek, GA (Sports Network) - Gunn Yang and Corey Conners both won their semifinal matches on Saturday and they will play each other for the U.S. Amateur Championship title on Sunday.
Yang needed extra holes to take down Frederick Wedel, while Conners was able to hold on and defeat Denny McCarthy, 1-up, to advance to Sunday's 36-hole final at the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Yang, who is No. 776 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, started off on the right foot against Wedel by winning the first two holes to take an early 2-up lead.
Wedel came back with an eagle at No. 3 to get back to 1-down, but Yang answered right back with a birdie at the par-3 fourth to go 2-up yet again. Wedel squared the match with birdies at five and seven, and he took the lead on the next hole when Yang tripped to a bogey at No. 8.
Still 1-up heading to the 12th hole, Wedel tripped to a bogey, while Yang poured in a birdie to square the match yet again. Yang won his second straight hole with a par at No. 13, but Wedel responded with a win on 15.
After the two halved the 16th hole, Yang took a 1-up advantage with one hole to play following a par at No. 17. However, Yang stumbled to a bogey at the par-5 18th and Wedel was conceded his eagle putt to square the match and send it to extra holes.
On the first extra hole, Yang stuck his approach at the par-4 to nearly four feet, while Wedel's second shot found the fringe. Wedel's chip could not make his chip and Yang drained his birdie putt to punch his ticket to Sunday's final.
Conners had control in his match against McCarthy all day. In fact, McCarthy did not hold a lead at any point during the semifinal match.
Conners jumped out to a 1-up lead with a birdie at No. 1 and he made it a 2-up advantage with a win on the third hole. McCarthy got one of those holes back with a birdie on the par-5 fifth, but Conners later drained a birdie on seven to get back to 2-up.
McCarthy got the match back to all-square with wins at eight and nine, and the score remained the same until No. 12, where Conners took the lead for good.
A par on 12 was followed by another par at 13 as Conners took a 2-up lead. McCarthy was able to get one hole back with a birdie at 16, but it was not enough as they both halved the final two holes, giving the victory to Conners.
08/16 12:59:30 ET
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