The U.S. set a 36-hole scoring record of 20-under-par 266 Saturday in Antalya, Turkey to keep its lead in the World Amateur Team Championship, which has been shortened to 54 holes because of weather issues. The previous record was 268, set by the U.S. eight years ago in Puerto Rico.
Chris Williams followed an opening-round 64 with a 67 in Round 2, U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox shot 68 in the second round and Justin Thomas' 70 did not count toward the team score. The U.S. is six shots ahead of second-place Korea.
“It is the place to be,” U.S. captain Jim Vernon said. “We’ve got some horses. I will tell them to keep doing what they are doing.”
The winner of the event is presented the Eisenhower Trophy. In each round, the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for that round.
“We still have 18 holes to go and teams are going low because birdies are flowing out there,” Williams said. “I will just stay aggressive. There is trouble out there but there are places to hit it.”
Canada and Mexico share third place at 274. Defending champion France is fourth at 275 and Germany, Netherlands and Norway are tied for sixth at 276. Turkey, the host team, is tied for 35th at 291.