Johnson City Press: Enoch blisters Pebble Beach for 66 to make U.S. Open cut on the number
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Enoch blisters Pebble Beach for 66 to make U.S. Open cut on the number

Joe Avento • Updated Jun 14, 2019 at 11:17 PM

Rhys Enoch will cash a check for the second consecutive major, and it took the round of his life to do it.

Enoch shot a 5-under-par 66 Friday in the U.S. Open, helping an improbable march toward the weekend. The former East Tennessee State star made the cut despite opening with a 78 on Thursday.

Enoch, who finished tied for 67th in the British Open at Carnoustie last year, had the day’s second-lowest round at Pebble Beach. Only leader Gary Woodland, who shot 65, did better.

The 66 tied for the second-lowest round ever in a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Only Woodland, Tiger Woods and Justin Rose have gone lower in the six U.S. Opens held at Pebble.

A front-nine 31 that included a bogey on his first hole, three birdies and an eagle at the par-five sixth hole set Enoch up for success. After a bogey at No. 11, he made birdies at the 13th and 16th holes before parring the final two to make the cut on the number. He enters the weekend tied for 56th place.

His 12-stroke improvement from the first to the second round was the best of anybody in the field.

Through two rounds, Enoch’s eight birdies rank 14th in the field.

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