09/11/2014 10:28 EDT | Updated 11/11/2014 05:59 EST

Canadian golfers fall to 5th at men's World Amateur Team event

First-round co-leader Canada dropped to fifth place through two rounds of the men's World Amateur Team Championship in Japan on Thursday.

The Canadian team, which shared the lead with Sweden and Switzerland in the first round, was in first place at 19-under through 15 holes of the second round. But Canada lost three strokes over its final three holes, leaving it with a two-day score of 16-under 270.

Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont. Shot a 4-under 67, while Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., both shot a 2-under 69. 

“Both days, we gave a few shots back on the way in,” said Canadian captain Graham Hill. “It’s something we will talk about tonight. There are lots of low scores and it’s a bunched up leaderboard. While it’s not exactly what we wanted, 6-under [for the round] is still a good score and we are still right there.”

Argentina, which began the day in fourth, shot a 9-under 133 to take a one-stroke lead over Sweden, Switzerland and the defending champion United States at 18-under for the tournament.

This is the 26th edition of the World Amateur Team Championship, which is held every two years.

In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day, 72-hole total is the team’s score for the tournament.