Rhys Enoch has spoken movingly in the past about thinking about his brother Ben whenever he enjoys a good moment on the golf course.
After firing a second-round 66 to make the cut in his first US Open, and at Pebble Beach at that, it did not need a mind-reader to guess what was on the Welshman’s mind as he took in the wondrous scene at the 18th hole on Friday evening.
Rhys and Ben were inseparable growing up, until the latter, then 19, lost his life in a traffic accident while travelling from their home in Truro to compete in the Lytham Trophy in 2009. Rhys now has his brother’s nickname, ‘Been’, tattooed on his chest over his heart.
Welshman Rhys Enoch fired a second-round 66 to make the cut in his first US Open
If truth be told, there have not been that many good golfing moments over the past decade. Rhys Enoch contracted glandular fever and suffered a couple of lost years battling chronic fatigue syndrome.
Oddly enough, what good moments he has enjoyed usually involve former Masters champion, Patrick Reed.
Eleven months ago, Enoch, now 30, made the cut for the first time in the Open and played with Reed in the third round. It was rather fateful, therefore, that while Enoch was compiling the second-best score of the day to somehow come back from an opening round of 78 and so make the cut here, Reed, meanwhile, was making a mess of the 18th, snapping his wedge over his knee in disgust, and running up the double bogey that brought them together once more.
It was decidedly cool with a gallery comprised of not much more than Enoch’s nearest and dearest as they made their way to the first tee just before 8 o’clock local time on Saturday.
Enoch joked with his caddie Martyn Thompson on Saturday after putting in a solid round
It is never easy to follow up a great round, and Enoch, who earned his spot at the qualifier at Walton Heath, was trying to come up with an encore to perhaps