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Bermuda trio fall just short in Mexico

All done: (from left): West, Dillas, and Phillips in Mexico

Bermuda were unable to improve on their previous showing at golf’s World Amateur Team Championships despite another impressive display from Jarryd Dillas during Saturday’s final round of this year’s event in Mexico.

A closing five-over-par total at the Iberostar Playa Paraíso Golf Club left Bermuda 49th at 27 over, four places adrift of the 45th place showing the island achieved in Japan in 2014.

Dillas, one of two surviving members of Bermuda’s team from the previous event, led the charge for the second straight day with a one-over-par 73.

He was three under at the turn after rolling in four birdies.

However, the reigning Bermuda Match Play champion came unstuck on the back nine where two bogeys and a double bogey at the par-3 12th let some of the air out of his round.

His final round total equalled the lowest achieved by a Bermuda player in Mexico after team-mate Eric West came in at one-over during the second round at the Mayakoba El Camaleón Golf Club.

West, the remaining survivor from Bermuda’s 2014 World Amateur Team Championships team, shot four-over in the final round which counted towards the island’s score for the round.

Mark Phillips, the remaining member of Bermuda’s team in Mexico, signed off with a six-over 78.

Dillas was Bermuda’s highest ranked player in individual stroke-play, finishing tied for 100th at 11-over. West placed 144th at 21 over, while Phillips was tied for 148th at 23-over.

Bermuda were among the 71 countries competing for the Eisenhower Trophy in the men’s division.

Each team consisted of two or three players that played 18-holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team combined the team score for the round, while the four-day total is the team’s score for the championship.

Australia won the tournament, and with it the coveted Eisenhower Trophy, by 19 shots, with England a distant second. The United States, the defending champions, finished tied for sixth at even par.

Cameron Davis closed with a three-under 68 to beat Curtis Luck, his Australia team-mate by two strokes for the individual title. Davis finished at 17-under.

“This is by far the best I have played in such a big tournament,” Davis said. “It was just an honour to be in this tournament in the first place and representing my country, but to come away with a win is pretty special.”