Cornwall’s Rhys Enoch came within a shot of equalling the best ever score shot in a US Open at Pebble Beach when he posted a five-under-par round of 66 during this year’s tournament, writes Adrian Milledge.
That was only surpassed by the champion-in-waiting Gary Woodland who negotiated the iconic Californian course in 65 during the second round and England’s Justin Rose 24 hours earlier. Tiger Woods is the only other to achieve the feat.
The 31-year-old PGA Professional, who is attached to Celtic Manor and is a member of Truro Golf Club, booked his place in the event via the final qualifier at Walton Heath, Surrey.
He began inauspiciously with a seven-over-par round of 78 but his follow up of 66, which started with a bogey and then featured an eagle and five birdies, saw him make the cut and paired with Patrick Reed in round three.
Having shot level par to go one better than the 2018 US Masters champion, Enoch lost momentum in the final round which was staged on his birthday.
He signed off with a five-over-par round of 76 to finish on 291, a shot behind Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood.
Enoch earned £18,000 in prize money and reflecting on the experience, he described the course as “awesome” and added: “When you say only three people have shot 65 there and I shot 66 it sounds great.
“But I was saying to everyone there was a score out there and I knew there was.”
Enoch, who finished tied second with Garry Houston in last year’s Asbri Golf Welsh National PGA Championship at Ashburnham, overcame a chest infection to produce his memorable round.
“I was feeling so bad beforehand I was just trying to tick off each shot at a time and get in the house,” he explained.
“But once I started picking up shots round the turn I was back in it and the adrenaline gave me a lift.
“My caddie said it was the best round he had ever seen. It felt great to me but it didn’t feel like that.”
“I’ve now made the cut in my last two majors and that confirms what I’ve thought – that I am good enough if I can put it together.”