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Canadian Conners Wins Jones Cup In Playoff

SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA | Canada’s top ranked amateur, Corey Conners, survived a wild final Sunday at Ocean Forest Golf Club and won the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational in a one-hole playoff against Texas teenager Austin Connelly. Conners, who shot 1-over-par 73 in the final round, had the lead for the last hour of the tournament until a bogey on the fog-shrouded 18th hole dropped him back into a tie with Connelly, who played in the group ahead and shot 72. The two players finished tied at 2-over 218. Connelly hit his tee shot off the toe into the water on the first playoff hole while Conners piped his ball into the right center of the fairway. From 93 yards – “my favorite yardage,” he said – he hit it to 6 feet. Connelly took a drop, hit his third shot onto the green but two putted for 5, handing the title to Conners. Vanderbilt junior Hunter Stewart carded a final-round 70 but he could not find a birdie on the final four holes and missed the playoff by a stroke. Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Mike McCoy, first round co-leader Gregory Eason and Bryson Dechambeau were tied for the lead at even-par 144 after 36 holes in trying winter conditions. The weather improved drastically on Sunday, and 28 players were within five shots of the lead on the demanding Rees Jones design that hosted the 2001 Walker Cup. No fewer than six players held a share of the lead at one point or another on the front nine.


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