USGA

Yang downs Conners to win U.S. Amateur crown

Johns Creek, GA (Sports Network) - Gunn Yang earned a 2 & 1 victory over Corey Conners on Sunday to claim the title at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Yang, who is No. 776 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, never trailed during the final match at the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club.

He is the first Korean to win the U.S. Amateur since Byeong-Hun An in 2009.

Yang held the lead throughout the entire opening 18 holes, starting when Conners tripped to a bogey at the first. Yang then rolled in a birdie at the second to claim a quick 2-up advantage.

Conners was conceded a short birdie putt at the fifth to get back within one, but Yang reclaimed his 2-up lead at the seventh when Conners could not convert his par putt.

After Yang countered Conners' wins at the eighth and 12th by taking the ninth and 15th, Conners was able to roll in a birdie putt at the 18th to move within 1-down at the break.

When the players returned to the course, Yang bogeyed the 19th hole to square the match.

They halved the next four holes until Yang rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt at the 24th to reclaim the lead for good. Conners failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker at No. 25 to hand Yang a 2-up lead.

A bogey at the 28th dropped Yang's advantage back to one moments before play was suspended over an hour and a half for rain.

The duo halved the next three holes when play resumed before Yang regained his 2-up advantage with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 32nd.

Yang failed to close out the win with about a 5-foot birdie putt at the 34th, but was handed the title when both players could not convert a lengthy birdie putt at the 35th and tapped in for par.

08/17 20:02:06 ET

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