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Canada grabs lead at Copa de las Americas

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Paced by record-setting performances from Albin Choi and Corey Conners, Team Canada took the lead in the overall competition after the second round of the Copa de las Americas.

Choi shot a 4-under 68 at the TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral, while Conners fired a 3-under 69, a 16-shot improvement over their combined total Thursday that marked marked the lowest second-round score in the event's history. Augusta James (76) and Brooke Mackenzie (77) helped pace the Canadian team from the women's side.

At 14-over 590, Canada leads by one shot over Argentina, while Colombia and Mexico are two and four shots back, respectively, with two rounds remaining.

Seeking a third straight title in this event, the United States squad continues to struggle in their first stint as host country. Defending U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox made only one birdie en route to a 2-over 74, while top-ranked amateur Chris Williams carded a 3-over 75. Erynne Lee (75) and Lindy Duncan (78) were both two shots worse than their first-round performances, and the American team now sits in fifth place, seven shots behind the Canadians.

Hosted this year by the U.S. Golf Association, the biennial event is held for amateurs from North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Three separate 72-hole stroke-play competitions are held; while the Canadians lead the overall race, Colombia has a two-shot lead over Mexico in the men's competition. Argentina and Canada co-lead the women's competition through two rounds, two shots ahead of the U.S. in third.