No team at the Men’s World Amateur Team Championship had more depth than the United States. And that depth showed all week in Abu Dhabi.
The Americans ran away with the WATC title, shooting 36 under over four days of stroke play at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, beating Norway and Australia by 11 to win the Eisenhower Trophy. The U.S. played its best round Saturday to clinch the championship, going 12 under thanks to an impressive 8-under 64 from North Carolina junior David Ford and a 4-under 68 from Alabama sophomore and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Nick Dunlap.
In the individual competition, Dunlap finished solo second at 15-under 273, one stroke behind New Zealand’s Kazuma Kobori, who also won the Elite Amateur Series title this summer.
Ford and Sargent, who earlier this week locked up his PGA Tour card via his start in the WATC, each shot 13 under for the week and finished T-5.
South African Christo Lamprecht, the senior at Georgia Tech who’s ranked No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, finished T-8 at 11 under.
France finished fourth in the team competition at 24 under while Italy and New Zealand tied for fifth at 23 under.
This is the 16th time the Americans have captured the trophy.
The WATC is a biennial competition comprised of two or three golfers from 36 countries playing four days of stroke play with the two lowest scores every day being counted.