The United States pulled within a shot of the lead Thursday after two rounds of the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.
Counting rounds of 66 and 67 by Texas sophomore Beau Hossler and SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau, respectively, the Americans sit at 17 under par, tied with Sweden and Switzerland, and just one shot behind Argentina.
The third member of the U.S. team, Virginia senior Denny McCarthy, shot a second-round 68, which matched the best non-counting score in tournament history.
Jaime Lopez Rivarola, a sophomore at Georgia, and Florida signee Alejandro Tosti combined to shoot 133 on Day 2 to help Argentina leapfrog Canada at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.
The Canadians, led by U.S. Amateur runner-up Corey Conners, stumbled late and now are two shots back after a second-round 136.
Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult leads the individual race at 12 under (65-66).