Ireland 11th in Eisenhower as USA edge out Canada

Paul Dunne, Gavin Moynihan and Gary Hurley played well for Ireland in Japan. Picture via Gavin Moynihan/Twitter

Ireland finished a creditable 11th as the United States clinched the Eisenhower Trophy for the 15th time at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Japan.

The Island's Gavin Moynihan shot 70 to share 15th in the individual standings on 13 under as Greystones' Paul Dunne had six birdies in a five under 67 to finish 22nd on 11 under with West Waterford's Gary Hurley tied 60th on five under, also after a closing 70.

Seventh overnight, Ireland fell back on the final day but after finishing on 27 under par, one shot outside the Top-10, team captain Pádraig Hogan was still more than pleased with the overall performance.

"We played quite well today but got little on the greens," said Hogan. "It was always going to be difficult to hold our position without a repeat of yesterday. 

"I'm proud of our performance and the guys tried to the bitter end. We finished strongly after a slow start. Ninety players were under par. If you offered me 27 under at the start of week,  I'd have taken it."

Team scoring

Individual scoring

Scoring was exceptionally low as Denny McCarthy shot an eight-under 64 and Bryson DeChambeau made a nine-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 71 to clinch the Eisenhower Trophy for the USA with a record 38 under par 534 - fully 20 shots better than the previous record of 554 set by Joost Luiten, Tim Sluiter and Wil Besseling of the Netherlands in Cape Town in 2006.

Teammates Bryson DeChambeau (left), Denny McCarthy, Jim Hyler, and Beau Hossler of United States of America hoist the trophy at the 18th green, (Iriyama Course), during the final round at the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Karuizawa, Japan on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.  © USGA/Steven Gibbons

They won by two strokes from Canada with European champions Spain a shot further back in third with John Rahm winning the individual title by three strokes from Australia's Lucas Herbert, Frenchman Victor Perez and Argentina's Alejandro Tosti with a record total.

The previous mark for low individual score for 72 holes was held by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, who shot 269 at Merion in 1960. Rahm’s four rounds were 70-64-62-67 for 23-under par 263.

“I’m about ready to cry right now because, honestly, Jack Nicklaus is a hero,” said Spaniard Rahm, an All-American at Arizona State. “I can’t really explain how good it feels to beat his record. It’s just unbelievable.”

Jon Rahm of Spain, is congratulated as he walks off the 18th green, (Oshitate Course), after his 62 in the third round of the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy. ©  USGA/Steven Gibbons)

As for the champions, it was another impressive American performance and they now boast 15 wins and 27 top five finishes in 29 editions of the Eisenhower Trophy since 1958.

“It was very exciting right down to the last putt,” USA captain Jim Hyler said. “I’m so thrilled for these three young men, they played really hard all four days.

"We had different people count each day and it is a team event and I think the way it worked out for us really highlights what a great team event it is.”

McCarthy was 8-under through eight holes and set the WATC mark for lowest nine-hole score when he made the turn in 28. He was the only member of the gold-medal team to record all four scores in the 60s. Beau Hossler, the 2014 Western Amateur champion, posted a non-counting 75 for the USA in the fourth round.

“I knew my score was counting for sure so my game plan on the back nine was to not do anything stupid or crazy and not drop any shots,” said McCarthy, a senior All-American at the University of Virginina.

“At the same time I still needed to be aggressive and give myself chances because he (playing competitor Adam Svensson) was making birdies and I knew he was going to count for Canada.”

Canada, which began the day six strokes behind the USA, used a seven-under 65 from Barry University All-American Svensson and a four-under 68 from 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up Corey Conners for team total of 133.

The championship was tied at 37 under par when DeChambeau and Conners, playing in the last group, reached the 18th tee at the par-72 Iriyama Course.

Both players hit their drives in the fairway on the 443-yard, par-4. DeChambeau, who shot 61, the lowest round in history in the third round, played first and hit a 50-degree wedge from 110 yards. Conners’ approach settled 35 feet from the hole on the back collar.

Bryson DeChambeau of United States of America reacts after sinking his birdie putt at the 18th green, (Iriyama Course), during the final round at the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Karuizawa, Japan on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. © USGA/Steven Gibbons

"I didn't know about the scores and I wasn't sure if his would be counting or not,” Conners said. “There was never a doubt that he was going to make it. It was a pretty nice looking putt."

Conners left his birdie attempt short, which set the stage for DeChambeau’s winning birdie.

“I knew where we stood when I was on the l8th tee box and I knew that I needed a birdie on the last,” said DeChambeau, an All-American at Southern Methodist University, “I striped my drive and hit a wedge in there and nailed that nine-footer. I said that I needed to make birdie and I went out and made birdie.”

"We fought back really hard today,” said Canadian captain Graham Hill. “We knew that we were going to have to play well to have a chance and we played great and brought it right to the last hole."

Sweden was fourth at 538; Argentina was fifth at 539; Australia, England and France were tied for sixth at 540; Scotland was ninth at 542 and Switzerland was 10th at 544. Japan, the host team, finished tied for 29th.

Forty-two of the 67 teams posted 72-hole totals that were under par.

The 2016 World Amateur Team Championship will be played in Cancun, Mexico with Carton House in Ireland set to play host in 2018.

“I am excited that the World Amateur Team Championships will be going to Ireland in 2018, in a country with great golfing tradition and experience in hosting major golf events such as the Ryder Cup,” said IGF Executive Director Antony Scanlon. “I am sure the players will have a wonderful experience in Ireland.”

Pat Finn, General Secretary of the GUI said: "Our organisations are proud to be confirmed as hosts of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships. Ireland's tradition of welcoming visitors and forging friendships is consistent with the ethos of the championships, which we are eager to uphold."




1. United States of America (USA) - 136 IC-133 OC-128 OC-137 IC--534 (-38) Denny McCarthy 68-68-67-64--267 Bryson DeChambeau 69-67-61-73--270 Beau Hossler 68-66-68-75--277

2. Canada (CAN) - 134 IC-136 OC-133 OC-133 IC--536 (-36) Adam Svensson 69-69-66-65--269 Corey Conners 66-69-67-68--270 Taylor Pendrith 68-67-69-70--274

3. Spain (ESP) - 138 IC-133 OC-132 OC-134 IC--537 (-35) Jon Rahm 70-64-62-67--263 Mario Galiano 68-69-70-67--274 Daniel Berna 75-69-77-69--290

4. Sweden (SWE) - 134 IC-135 OC-131 OC-138 IC--538 (-34) Marcus Kinhult 65-66-67-70--268 Adam Blomme 72-69-68-68--277 Hannes Ronneblad 69-74-64-73--280

5. Argentina (ARG) - 135 IC-133 OC-136 OC-135 IC--539 (-33) Alejandro Tosti 68-67-64-67--266 Jaime Lopez Rivarola 67-66-74-70--277 Matias Simaski 72-70-72-68--282

T6. Australia (AUS) - 137 OC-136 IC-132 OC-135 IC--540 (-32) Lucas Herbert 69-64-67-66--266 Ryan Ruffels 68-73-65-69--275 Geoff Drakeford 71-72-71-69--283

T6. England (ENG) - 136 IC-135 OC-137 OC-132 IC--540 (-32) Benjamin Stow 67-67-68-68--270 Ryan Evans 72-68-69-64--273 Ashley Chesters 69-72-69-72--282

T6. France (FRA) - 140 IC-134 OC-135 OC-131 IC--540 (-32) Victor Perez 69-65-66-66--266 Clement Sordet 71-69-70-69--279 Robin Sciot Siegrist 72-78-69-65--284

9. Scotland (SCO) - 138 IC-133 OC-138 OC-133 IC--542 (-30) Bradley Neil 72-65-71-65--273 Grant Forrest 68-68-69-74--279 Chris Robb 70-74-69-68--281

10. Switzerland (SUI) - 134 IC-135 OC-140 OC-135 IC--544 (-28) Benjamin Rusch 68-66-70-67--271 Mathias Eggenberger 66-69-75-68--278 Marco Iten 72-70-70-73--285

11. Ireland (IRL) - 138 IC-138 OC-132 OC-137 IC--545 (-27) Gavin Moynihan 69-70-64-70--273 Paul Dunne 70-70-68-67--275 Gary Hurley 69-68-74-70--281

12. Germany (GER) - 137 OC-137 IC-138 OC-134 IC--546 (-26) Hurly Long 67-69-68-72--276 Maximilian Rottluff 71-71-70-65--277 Maximilian Mehles 70-68-71-69--278

T13. Belgium (BEL) - 138 OC-138 IC-140 OC-132 IC--548 (-24) Kevin Hesbois 70-68-71-66--275 Thomas Detry 68-70-76-66--280 Samuel Echikson 75-75-69-76--295

T13. Denmark (DEN) - 133 OC-140 IC-138 OC-137 IC--548 (-24) Martin Leth Simonsen 67-70-66-69--272 Nicolai Kristensen 66-70-72-68--276 Niklas Noergaard Moeller 72-70-76-73--291

T13. Italy (ITA) - 140 IC-134 OC-139 OC-135 IC--548 (-24) Renato Paratore 69-67-68-66--270 Enrico Di Nitto 71-70-73-69--283 Guido Migliozzi 75-67-71-71--284

16. Chinese Taipei (TPE) - 137 OC-137 IC-135 OC-140 IC--549 (-23) Cheng-Tsung Pan 70-70-67-69--276 Chun-An Yu 67-67-75-71--280 Wei-Lun Wang 75-73-68-74--290

17. Mexico (MEX) - 138 IC-136 OC-135 OC-141 IC--550 (-22) Gerardo Ruiz De La Concha 68-67-66-73--274 Aaron Terrazas Morales 70-71-69-68--278 Alvaro Ortiz Becerra 71-69-70-74--284

18. Republic of Korea (KOR) - 142 OC-138 IC-135 OC-136 IC--551 (-21) Eun-Ho Youm 71-67-69-66--273 Nam-Hun Kim 71-71-68-70--280 Tae-Hyun Kong 73-74-67-71--285

T19. Austria (AUT) - 140 IC-135 OC-138 OC-141 IC--554 (-18) Lukas Lipold 72-66-69-72--279 Robin Goger 69-69-72-70--280 Markus Maukner 71-72-69-71--283

T19. Chile (CHI) - 136 OC-139 IC-138 OC-141 IC--554 (-18) Matias Dominguez 67-68-68-72--275 Guillermo Pereira 69-71-70-69--279 Martin Cancino 69-77-72-73--291

21. Colombia (COL) - 141 OC-141 IC-135 OC-138 IC--555 (-17) Santiago Gomez 71-72-66-68--277 Nicolas Echavarria 70-69-71-70--280 Ricardo Celia 71-77-69-70--287

T22. Czech Republic (CZE) - 135 OC-141 IC-136 OC-145 IC--557 (-15) Simon Zach 67-67-68-73--275 Vitek Novak 68-74-68-72--282 Michal Pospisil 76-78-68-75--297

T22. New Zealand (NZL) - 144 IC-137 OC-139 OC-137 IC--557 (-15) Joshua Munn 72-69-70-67--278 Tae Koh 72-69-69-70--280 Vaughan McCall 74-68-72-71--285

T22. Poland (POL) - 142 IC-144 OC-135 IC-136 OC--557 (-15) Adrian Meronk 72-73-66-65--276 Mateusz Gradecki 70-71-69-71--281 Jan Szmidt 79-73-74-73--299

T25. Finland (FIN) - 144 IC-143 OC-137 IC-134 OC--558 (-14) Albert Eckhardt 73-73-69-62--277 Linus Vaisanen 72-70-68-72--282 Kristian Kulokorpi 72-73-73-72--290

T25. Norway (NOR) - 141 IC-139 OC-136 OC-142 IC--558 (-14) Kristian Johannessen 71-68-66-73--278 Kristoffer Ventura 70-71-70-69--280 Andreas Halvorsen 74-78-70-73--295

T25. Singapore (SIN) - 142 IC-138 OC-136 OC-142 IC--558 (-14) Jonathan Woo 70-67-70-71--278 Johnson Poh 72-73-73-71--289 Marc Ong 81-71-66-76--294

T25. Slovenia (SLO) - 140 OC-141 IC-135 OC-142 IC--558 (-14) Tim Gornik 67-73-69-69--278 Zan Luka Stirn 73-68-70-75--286 Enej Sarkanj 74-75-66-73--288

T29. India (IND) - 141 IC-142 OC-140 OC-137 IC--560 (-12) Udayan Mane 68-70-67-67--272 Feroz Garewal 73-72-75-70--290 Manu Gandas 76-76-73-76--301

T29. Japan (JPN) - 138 IC-140 OC-144 OC-138 IC--560 (-12) Kazuya Koura 69-71-74-69--283 Takashi Ogiso 71-69-72-71--283 Kenta Konishi 69-74-72-69--284

T31. Puerto Rico (PUR) - 137 IC-142 OC-142 OC-140 IC--561 (-11) Jeronimo Esteve 67-73-71-70--281 Robi Calvesbert 72-69-71-70--282 Edward Figueroa 70-74-73-74--291

T31. Venezuela (VEN) - 139 IC-141 OC-138 OC-143 IC--561 (-11) Jorge Garcia 66-68-68-73--275 Gustavo Morantes 78-75-70-70--293 Alejandro Perazzo 73-73-74-73--293

T33. Brazil (BRA) - 140 OC-147 IC-141 IC-135 OC--563 (-9) Andre Tourinho 68-75-71-66--280 Thomaz Pimenta 72-72-72-69--285 Herik Machado 74-82-70-74--300

T33. Thailand (THA) - 140 OC-145 IC-136 OC-142 IC--563 (-9) Suradit Yongcharoenchai 68-71-69-73--281 Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol 74-74-67-69--284 Nattawat Suvajanakorn 72-75-71-75--293

T35. Malaysia (MAS) - 143 IC-143 OC-140 IC-138 OC--564 (-8) Gavin Kyle Green 68-72-69-66--275 Low Khai Jei 75-71-71-72--289 Abdul Manaf Muhammad Wafiyuddin 75-76-75-72--298

T35. Portugal (POR) - 143 IC-142 OC-142 OC-137 IC--564 (-8) Joao Carlota 69-69-74-67--279 Goncalo Costa 74-73-75-71--293 Tomas Silva 80-76-68-70--294

T35. Wales (WAL) - 138 OC-145 IC-136 OC-145 IC--564 (-8) David Boote 70-73-65-73--281 Michael Hearne 68-72-71-75--286 Rhys Pugh 70-73-72-72--287

38. People's Republic of China (CHN) - 142 IC-138 OC-140 OC-145 IC--565 (-7) Zecheng Dou 68-72-70-72--282 Zhengkai Bai 75-69-70-73--287 Jin Zhang 74-69-72-74--289

T39. Hong Kong, China (HKG) - 141 OC-145 IC-145 IC-136 OC--567 (-5) Shinichi Mizuno 73-71-73-68--285 Matthew Cheung 70-74-74-68--286 Martin Liu 71-82-72-72--297

T39. Netherlands (NED) - 142 OC-147 IC-139 IC-139 OC--567 (-5) Lars Van Meijel 72-74-68-69--283 Michael Kraaij 71-73-75-70--289 Robbie Van West 71-76-71-71--289

41. Slovakia (SVK) - 144 IC-144 OC-141 IC-141 OC--570 (-2) Peter Valasek 75-72-70-69--286 Jan Friesz 72-72-71-72--287 Oliver Gabor 72-78-72-76--298

42. Guatemala (GUA) - 148 IC-139 OC-144 IC-140 OC--571 (-1) Jose Pablo Rolz 74-69-71-71--285 Sebastian Barnoya 74-70-73-73--290 Daniel Gurtner 79-71-73-69--292

43. South Africa (RSA) - 144 IC-142 OC-145 OC-142 IC--573 (+1) Zander Lombard 68-71-71-71--281 Jason Smith 78-71-74-71--294 Gerlou Roux 76-73-77-74--300

44. Costa Rica (CRC) - 146 IC-140 OC-144 IC-145 OC--575 (+3) Jose Mendez 71-70-69-71--281 Alvaro Ortiz 75-70-75-74--294 Manuel Jimenez 84-84-80-84--332

45. Bermuda (BER) - 142 IC-142 OC-147 OC-148 IC--579 (+7) Jarryd Dillas 71-70-72-74--287 Will Haddrell 73-72-76-74--295 Mark Phillips 71-80-75-74--300

46. Turkey (TUR) - 152 IC-144 OC-151 IC-140 OC--587 (+15) Ediz Kemaloglu 76-73-74-65--288 Serkan Akarsu 77-71-82-75--305 Ali Altuntas 76-77-77-77--307

47. Philippines (PHI) - 148 OC-149 IC-150 IC-147 OC--594 (+22) Rupert Zaragosa 74-74-73-73--294 Kristoffer Arevalo 75-75-77-75--302 Raymart Tolentino 74-80-87-74--315

T48. Guam (GUM) - 144 OC-146 IC-152 IC-153 OC--595 (+23) Devin Hua 72-68-74-77--291 Louie Sunga 72-78-78-85--313 Daryl Poe 76-83-81-76--316

T48. Uruguay (URU) - 150 OC-151 IC-148 IC-146 OC--595 (+23) Juan Alvarez 71-74-71-70--286 Facundo Alvarez 79-77-77-79--312 Agustin Acosta 81-81-79-76--317

T50. Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) - 144 OC-161 IC-146 IC-145 OC--596 (+24) Behrod Keshtavar 74-81-70-76--301 Hassan Karimian Noshahr 70-83-77-72--302 Ali Khazanbeik 78-80-76-73--307

T50. Malta (MLT) - 146 OC-150 IC-149 IC-151 OC--596 (+24) Andrew Borg 72-76-74-75--297 Daniel Holland 77-74-75-80--306 John Verlest Micallef 74-76-80-76--306

52. Fiji (FIJ) - 143 OC-155 IC-153 IC-146 OC--597 (+25) Sam Lee 71-77-76-73--297 Olaf Frank Grant Allen 72-78-77-79--306 Abid Hussain 81-80-81-73--315

53. Russian Federation (RUS) - 144 OC-154 IC-154 IC-146 OC--598 (+26) Mikhail Morozov 70-78-74-70--292 Nikita Ponomarev 74-77-80-76--307 Pavel Goryainov 77-77-81-77--312

T54. Dominican Republic (DOM) - 152 IC-147 OC-153 IC-151 OC--603 (+31) Ernesto Vitienes 75-79-76-73--303 Francisco Pichardo 81-71-77-78--307 Juan Jose Guerra 77-76-78-79--310

T54. Serbia (SRB) - 154 IC-148 OC-157 IC-144 OC--603 (+31) Cedomir Ilic 77-70-78-70--295 Ilija Djurdjevic 77-79-79-74--309 Ranko Helc 81-78-81-75--315

56. Jamaica (JAM) - 149 OC-156 IC-152 IC-151 OC--608 (+36) Sean Morris 72-79-76-77--304 Jonathan Newnham 77-77-76-74--304 Keith Stein 77-85-79-78--319

T57. Estonia (EST) - 156 IC-146 OC-157 IC-152 OC--611 (+39) Martin Jarve 76-78-76-75--305 Marten Palm 80-71-81-77--309 Sander Aadusaar 81-75-83-77--316

T57. United Arab Emirates (UAE) - 156 IC-157 OC-152 IC-146 OC--611 (+39) Khalid Al Jasmi 74-77-78-71--300 Rashid Hamood 82-80-74-75--311 Sohail Al Marzouqi 82-82-78-80--322

59. Mauritius (MRI) - 155 OC-159 IC-151 IC-148 OC--613 (+41) Ludovic Bax 78-82-73-69--302 Ian Espitalier Noel 77-77-78-79--311 Brent Sussens 87-85-94-83--349

60. Greece (GRE) - 149 OC-159 IC-159 IC-152 OC--619 (+47) Vasileios Koumpakis 70-76-84-80--310 Nikolaos Efthymiadis 79-86-78-72--315 Stamatios Kavadas 79-83-81-85--328

61. Bahrain (BRN) - 154 OC-156 IC-157 IC-156 OC--623 (+51) Hamad Mubarak 76-76-77-78--307 Abdulla Sultan 78-80-80-83--321 Nasser Yacoob 79-81-84-78--322

62. Qatar (QAT) - 153 IC-161 OC-162 IC-151 OC--627 (+55) Saleh Al Kaabi 76-82-83-74--315 Ali Al Shahrani 77-79-79-84--319 Abdul Rahman Al Shahrani 90-82-88-77--337

63. Ghana (GHA) - 164 OC-162 IC-164 IC-167 OC--657 (+85) Maxwell Owusu-Bonsu 81-78-78-86--323 Peter Amenyo 83-84-86-81--334

64. Ukraine (UKR) - 170 OC-178 IC-165 IC-160 OC--673 (+101) Artur Badiuk 82-89-84-77--332 Fedir Karhapolov 88-92-81-88--349 Emir Priadko 89-89-88-83--349

65. El Salvador (ESA) - 179 OC-169 IC-171 IC-160 OC--679 (+107) Gerardo Alvarez 90-84-85-79--338 Sebastian Bettaglio 89-85-86-81--341 Ricardo Reyes 100-97-100-93--390

66. Gabon (GAB) - 174 OC-176 IC-165 IC-169 OC--684 (+112) Kevin Aboumi Mouba 88-85-80-82--335 Thomas Mba Agostino 86-99-85-90--360 Leon-Paul Lobo 88-91-95-87--361

67. Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) - 189 OC-186 IC-185 IC-170 OC--730 (+158) Konstantin Surikov 97-96-85-81--359 Sergey Kim 92-100-100-89--381 Andrey Sazanov 97-90-103-92--382.