Englishman advances to US Amateur final

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — Matt Fitzpatrick advanced to the final of the U.S. Amateur on Saturday with a 2-and-1 victory over Corey Conners at The Country Club.

Fitzpatrick could become the first English champion of the tournament since Harold Hilton in 1911. He will play Oliver Goss, who earned a 2-up victory over fellow Australian Brady Watt.

Fitzpatrick, who will be a freshman at Northwestern this fall, fell behind by two after four holes but turned it around with birdies on Nos. 6, 8 and 10. Conners, of Canada, was down two before a birdie on the par-3 16th hole. But the match ended after he hit into the famous Vardon bunker on the par-4 17th and could only make par.

The final is 36 holes of match play on Sunday.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Endicott, N.Y., Bart Bryant shot 10-under-par 62 to take the second-round lead in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Bryant, a rookie on the Champions Tour, took advantage of another serene day at En-Joie Golf Club, making six birdies in his first seven holes to surge past first-round leader Kenny Perry. Bryant was at 16-under 128, a 36-hole record for the tournament, four shots ahead of Corey Pavin.

Pavin had 64. Duffy Waldorf is 11-under after 65, and Rick Fehr and Russ Cochran are 10-under. Fehr and Cochran shot 67. Perry is eight strokes back at 8-under after 71.

More than half the field broke par under nearly ideal scoring conditions on the first day, and the assault at the narrow, tree-lined layout continued Saturday.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Knoxville, Tenn., former Georgia Southern golfer Aron Price shot 7-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Aiken native Kevin Kisner and Blayne Barber after three rounds of the News Sentinel Open.

Price is 13-under overall at Fox Den Country Club, putting himself in position for his first Tour victory since 2008.

Kisner, who trailed Barber and Richard Scott by two heading into the second round, shot 66 on Saturday. Barber had 68.

Scott shot 70 and is tied for sixth.


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