U.S. breaks records in winning World Amateur Team


From start to finish, the United States set plenty of records this week at the World Amateur Team Championship.

The trio of Chris Williams, Justin Thomas and Steven Fox broke 18-, 36- and 54-hole scoring records in capturing the Eisenhower Trophy for the 14th time, and first since 2004. The Americans finished at 24-under 404, five strokes ahead of Mexico, at the Antalya Golf Club in Turkey.

Each of the Americans finished in the top 10, led by Williams, a senior at Washington and the world’s No. 1 amateur, who finished second individually. Thomas, a sophomore at Alabama, finished T-9, and Fox, the reigning U.S. Amateur winner and a senior at Chattanooga, finished tied for 10th.

“It’s fun to win as an individual,” said Williams, “but to win as a team is awesome, and it doesn’t get any better than doing it as a representative of the USA.”

Sebastian Vazquez won the individual title, finishing at 15-under 199 to become the first Mexican player since 1970 to earn low-medalist honors at the WATC. He was one shot ahead of Williams.

The event was shortened to 54 holes due to inclement weather on Friday.