U.S. goes low in final round, wins Spirit Amateur

Kelly Kraft during the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.

The United States saved its best for the final round of the Spirit International Amateur, combining to shoot the low round of the day, an 11-under 133, to win by 10 shots over Mexico and Argentina.

It was the Americans’ second consecutive victory at the Spirit, a best-ball stroke-play event at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

The U.S. led by three shots overall heading into Saturday’s final round, but the American men’s team of Nathan Smith and Kelly Kraft shot an 8-under 64 to win the division. Along with the women's duo of Emily Tubert and Austin Ernst, the Americans combined to finish at 31-under 545.

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