2002: Amateur - U.S. rallies for World Amateur title

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

D.J. Trahan, the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/Titleist Amateur Rankings, turned in a 6-under 66 Oct. 27 to lead the United States to a repeat victory at the World Amateur Team Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club.

The U.S. team overcame a three-shot deficit to France. Trahan, Hunter Mahan and Ricky Barnes led the United States to an 8-under 568 total, three shots ahead of France. It was the 12th Eisenhower Trophy for the Americans in 23 events. They won in 2000 by 16 shots.

“That was as fine a round of golf as you will see at the amateur level,” said U.S. captain O. Gordon Brewer Jr. “He picked the team up on his shoulders.”

Trahan, a senior at Clemson, had five birdies, an eagle and a bogey in his round, the second lowest in 23 WATCs. Australia’s Marcus Fraser was the low individual at 7-under 281, one shot better than France’s Gregory Bourdy.

Mahan led the U.S. squad with a sixth-place finish at even-par 288. Trahan tied for 10th at 3-over 291, and 2002 U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes tied for 16th at 293.

“He played very good golf,” said France’s Eric Chaudouet, who played with Trahan. “He holed many putts and hit good iron shots. His game was perfect.”

France recorded its best finish in the event.

“We are disappointed but we are very proud for our country and our game in this championship and under this pressure,” said Raphael Pellicioli of France.

The championship committee reduced the 63-team field to the low 20 teams for the final round because of heavy morning rain and lightning.

Earlier in the week, the World Amateur Golf Council announced the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Spier Country Club and Stellensbosch Golf Club will play host to the event in October or November. The 2004 championship will be played in Puerto Rico.

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