Corey Conners, Gunn Yang advance to U.S. Amateur Championship final

Gunn Yang celebrates after making his putt on the 19th hole to win his semifinal match.
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) - Canadian Corey Conners and South Korean Gunn Yang advanced Saturday to the final of the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Conners defeated Denny McCarthy of Maryland 1 up and Yang defeated Frederick Wedel of Texas in 19 holes in the semifinals.

It's the second straight year that no American has reached the championship match.

Conners won the first hole and never trailed. He made back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 to take a two-shot lead. McCarthy birdied the 16th hole to cut the lead to one, but was unable to win the final two holes.

The 36-hole championship match is Sunday.

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