Corey Conners comes up short at U.S. Amateur

Corey Conners, of Canada, hits out the bunker on the first hole during the final match of the U.S....

Corey Conners, of Canada, hits out the bunker on the first hole during the final match of the U.S. Amateur Championship on August 17, 2014 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. (Butch Dill/Getty Images/AFP)

TIM MCKAY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:37 PM ET

Corey Conners said losing in the semifinals at the U.S. Amateur last year stung.

This one is going to hurt.

Conners lost 2-and-1 to unheralded Gunn Yang of South Korea in the final on Sunday, although he still gets some pretty cool perks for making it to the last match.

While the loss surely will leave a bitter taste for the 22-year-old from Listowel, Ont., he did earn an exemption into the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay (provided he remains an amateur) and a likely invitation to The Masters.

The Team Canada member came into the event as the world’s 44th-ranked amateur, while Yang was ranked at 776, making him the lowest-ranked player to win the event.

"I had never heard of him before," Conners said. "There's a lot of good players out there. He obviously had a great week."

 


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