UW golfer helps U.S. win Am title

golf: Chris Williams, 2 others, team to win with record 24 under

The Associated PressOctober 8, 2012 

U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox and University of Washington senior Chris Williams each shot 2-under 69 on Sunday to help the United States win the rain-shortened World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey, with a record score.

Fox, from Hendersonville, Tenn.; Williams, from Moscow, Idaho; and Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., combined for a 54-hole total of 24-under 404. Thomas shot a non-counting 70 on Sunday.

They teamed to beat Mexico by five strokes at Antalya Golf Club to give the United States its 14th Eisenhower Trophy title.

“It’s fun to win as an individual,” said Williams, the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world. “But to win as a team is awesome and it doesn’t get any better than doing it as representative of the USA.”

The Americans also broke the records for 18 and 36 holes.

“I would go back to the first round where Chris shot 64 and Justin shot 67 and we were 13 under,” Fox said. “We just built from there.”

LANGER RALLIES

Bernhard Langer made up a four-shot deficit entering the final round to win the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C., to take the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, shooting a 9-under 63 to beat Jay Don Blake by two strokes.

Langer birdied the final two holes to finish at 13-under 203. The German star took a 69-point lead over Tom Lehman in the points race for a $1 million annuity.

GRACE CRUISES

South Africa’s Branden Grace won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland, for his fourth European Tour title of the year, shooting a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen (68). Grace finished at 22-under 266.

SWEDE GETS CARD

Sweden’s David Lingmerth won the Web.com Tour’s Neediest Kids Championship in Potomac, Md., to secure his 2013 PGA Tour card. Lingmerth earned $108,000 to jump from 27th to seventh on the money list after closing with a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Casey Wittenberg. The top 25 earn PGA Tour cards for next year. Tacoma’s Michael Putnam (72) finished 10 shots back.

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