Dechambeau's 61 gives U.S. lead at WATC

RSS

Bryson Dechambeau at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship. (USGA)

Powered by a record-setting performance from SMU's Bryson Dechambeau, the U.S. jumped to the top of the standings at the World Amateur Team Championship and will begin the fourth and final round with a three-shot lead.

An All-American selection last season, Dechambeau closed his round with six consecutive birdies on the par-71 Karuizawa 72 Golf East, carding a 61 that serves as the lowest score in WATC history.

"I got off to a hot start and made a couple putts early and just kept going,” Dechambeau told reporters. “I finished with six birdies and I've never done something like that so I'm excited to shoot that number and I'm ready for tomorrow."

The U.S. also counted a 4-under 67 from Denny McCarthy, while the team was able to drop a 3-under 68 from Texas standout Beau Hossler. After trailing by one shot entering the third round, the Americans now lead by three shots over Sweden, while Canada and Spain are tied for third, six shots off the pace. Argentina, which began the third round in the lead, fell to fifth after both Matias Simaski (72) and Jaime Lopez Rivarola (74) failed to break par.

Dechambeau's performance erased Spain's Jon Rahm from the WATC record books, as Rahm shot a 9-under 62 less than an hour before Dechambeau turned in his 61. The American's third-round total of 128 is also the lowest single-round total in WATC history, while their 54-hole total of 31-under 397 is the lowest in the event's history by seven shots.