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U.S. triumphs in World Amateur Team Championship

AP

SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau birdied the final hole and Canadian playing partner Corey Conners closed with a bogey to give the United States a two-stroke victory Saturday in the World Amateur Team Championship.

The United States won the Eisenhower Trophy for the record 15th time, successfully defending its 2012 title in Turkey in the biennial event.

Spain’s Jon Rahm, a junior at Arizona State, broke Jack Nicklaus’ individual record, closing with a 5-under 67 on Karuizawa 72 Golf East’s Iriyama Course for a 23-under 263 total. Nicklaus finished at 269 in 1960 at Merion in Pennsylvania.

DeChambeau, from Clovis, California, had a 73 in the final group, and Virginia senior Denny McCarthy added a 64 to give the United States a record 38-under 534 total. Texas sophomore Beau Hossler shot 75, with only the top two scores counting in the team total.

The U.S. broke the record of 554 set by the Netherlands in 2006 in South Africa.

On Friday, DeChambeau had a tournament-record 10-under 61 on the Oshitate Course to help the Americans take a three-stroke lead into the final round.

Canada, six shots back entering the day, tied for the lead with a two-stroke swing on 18 in the third-to-last group. Barry University’s Adam Svensson made a birdie for Canada, and McCarthy had a bogey for the U.S.

McCarthy played the first eight holes in 8 under with an eagle, six birdies and a par. He broke the tournament nine-hole record at 8-under 28.

Svensson finished with a 65. Conners, the U.S. Amateur runner-up, added a 68, and former Kent State teammate Taylor Pendrith had a 70.

Spain was third at 35 under.