U.S., buoyed by quick start, up 8-4 in Walker

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — NCAA champion Max Homa beat Max Orrin 5 and 3 and the United States won the first six singles matches Saturday in the Walker Cup to take an 8-4 lead over Britain and Ireland at historic National Golf Links of America.

Homa, coming off his senior season at California, won the par-4 14th with a par and finished off the Englishman with a birdie win on the par-4 15th.

The biennial amateur event, first played in 1922 at National Golf Links, will close today with four morning foursomes matches and 10 afternoon singles matches.

Alabama teammates Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett, California players Michael Kim and Michael Weaver and Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge teamed with Homa to sweep the first six singles matches, and Alabama's Justin Thomas earned a halve in the seventh.

Wyatt beat England's Neil Raymond 2 up, Kim edged England's Callum Shinkwin 2 and 1, Whitsett topped England's Jordan Smith 1 up, Niebrugge beat England's Garrick Porteous 1 up, and Weaver topped U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, also from England, 3 and 1. Thomas halved with England's Nathan Kimsey, and Ireland's Gavin Moynihan beat Stanford's Patrick Rodgers 2 and 1 in the final match.

Chiquita Classic

At Davidson, N.C., John Peterson and Andrew Svoboda shared the third-round lead in the Chiquita Classic, the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.

Peterson had five back-nine birdies to shoot 5-under 67 to match Svoboda at 10-under 206 at River Run. Svoboda birdied the final two holes for a 69. The former St. John's player won the Web.com Tour's Price Cutter Charity Championship last month.

Montreal Championship

At Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship.

Langer had five birdies in a bogey-free second round to reach 6 under on La Vallee du Richelieu's Rouville Course. The two-time Masters champion has two victories this year and 18 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

European Masters

At Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, Scotland's Craig Lee shot a 10-under 61 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round.


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