The top-seeded United States beat fourth-seeded Scotland, 2-1, Saturday to advance to the final of golf's richest tournament--the $1.2-million Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Mark O'Meara shot a three-under-par 69 to beat British Open champion Sandy Lyle by three strokes, and Curtis Strange edged Sam Torrance by one stroke after the Scot missed a short putt on the final green. However, team captain Raymond Floyd lost to Gordon Brand Jr. by one stroke.
In the final, the Americans will meet Australia, which downed Wales, 2-1, in the other semifinal.
First-round leader John Cook bobbed his way back to the top, shooting a three-under-par 68 to forge a tie for the third-round lead with Danny Edwards and Ken Brown in the $400,000 Pensacola Open at Pensacola, Fla.
Edwards shot a third-round 67, and Brown turned in the day's low round of 64 to end up in a deadlock at 202.