Williams Sparks Team USA Charge
Jan. 5, 2013
MIAMI, Fla. - Husky senior Chris Williams led the largest move by any team in the third round of the Copa de las Americas on Saturday, helping Team USA move from fifth to second. But, Canada remains atop the leader board after 54 holes on the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami with a three-day total of 19-over 883.
Williams, the World No. 1 ranked amatuer shot 2-under 70 and teammate Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash. shot 71 to boost the United States into a tie with Mexico at 24-over 888, five shots behind the Canadians.
The USA's 291 was the lowest team score on Saturday. Williams closed with a 15-foot birdie on the par-4 18th, where he found the water during the opening round.
"I said I'm not even going to bother with [going for the green]," said Williams, who is even par through three rounds and tied for fourth among individuals. "I'd rather be in the right trees than the water. Luckily I turned one over."
Canada and Mexico lead the men's championship at even-par 432, with Colombia two strokes behind. Argentina is fourth and the United States fifth at 7-over 439.
The USA moved to the head of the pack in the women's championship at 17-over 449 and holds a two-stroke lead over Canada.
The 2013 Copa de las Americas, conducted by the Americas Golf Association and hosted by the United States Golf Association, is a team event for amateurs in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. It consists of three 72-hole stroke-play competitions - overall, men and women - that end on Sunday.