Yang leads Conners after 18 holes at U.S. Amateur

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Corey Conners ended the first 18 holes of the U.S. Amateur’s 36-hole final match with a birdie, but will head to a hour-long break 1 down against Gunn Yang.

Yang controlled the front nine, winning the opening two holes and then making the turn with a 32-foot birdie bomb on No. 9 to go 2 up.

Despite Yang’s length advantage off the tee, Conners managed to fight back by taking advantage of Atlanta Athletic Club’s par-5s on the back nine, winning both No. 12 and 18 with birdies. The Canadian swung the momentum a bit by draining the 5-footer on the morning’s final hole.

Play will resume at 2:20 p.m. EDT for the final 18 holes.

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