Rhys Enoch’s first goal entering this week’s 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie was to make the cut.
The former Buccaneer, who is playing in his second Open Championship, can check that off his list after he posted an even-par 71 in Friday’s second round to stay right above the cut line at 3-over-par 145 (74-71).
Enoch began the round with a birdie on No. 1, and following five consecutive pars, he went bogey-birdie-par to finish 1-under on the front nine. Following back-to-back pars on No. 10 & 11, Enoch recorded a bogey on the par-4, 12th, leaving him no room for error to make the cut. Enoch was destined to keep playing through the weekend as he rattled off six straight pars to end the round, which put himself in a tie for 65th.
Enoch, the first ETSU men’s golfer to make a cut at a major since Rhys Davies (2010 PGA Championship), will be paired with reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed on Saturday. Enoch is scheduled to tee off at 4:25 a.m. EDT.
Zach Johnson (2015 Open Championship winner) and Kevin Kisner hold the 36-hole lead at 6-under-par 136.
Three of the top five ranked players in the world missed the cut, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Justin Thomas and No. 5 Jon Rahm.
The Golf Channel will provide live television coverage beginning at 4:30 a.m. EDT, while live streaming can be accessed via TheOpen.com.
Enoch made his debut at the Open Championship in 2014 at Royal Liverpool.
Enoch played for ETSU from 2007-2012 and earned an individual berth to the NCAA Championship in 2010 after sharing medalist honors in the NCAA Regional. Enoch was the 2008 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, along with being a 2010 PING All-American and four-time all-conference performer.