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Enoch and Whitnell share lead at Cazoo Classic

Round Two Report

Rhys Enoch and Dale Whitnell share a one-stroke lead heading into the weekend at the Cazoo Classic, where British players dominate the leaderboard in the final event of the European Tour’s UK Swing.

Welshman Enoch carded the round of the day at London Golf Club with a bogey-free seven under 65 which moved him to a ten under par total. The 33-year-old already has two Sunshine Tour titles and one Challenge Tour victory to his name, but will enter the weekend seeking a maiden European Tour win.

Whitnell, meanwhile, has never led or shared a lead after any round on the European Tour and the Englishman is also seeking a first victory. His four under 68 also came without a single dropped shot and the 33-year-old parred every one of his final nine holes.

England’s Jordan Smith and Callum Hill of Scotland, both of whom have had good chances to win during the UK Swing, share third place on nine under par after respective rounds of 69 and 67, while Richard Bland and Maverick Antcliffe are one stroke further back.

Player Quotes

Dale Whitnell: “It was solid, I haven’t missed many fairways today. The swing feels in good shape and I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.

“Angie is great on the bag, she knows nothing about golf so there’s not a lot of input there other than moral support but it seems to work well so we just need to keep going what we’re doing.

“I’ve never led a tournament. When I was fourth at Close House I was maybe one behind, but I’ve just got to take all the experience I’ve had and hopefully it will stand me in good stead going into the weekend.

“This is what we’re all here for and fortunately I’m in that position this week so we’ll see what the weekend brings.”

Rhys Enoch: “I haven’t had time to think about the round yet, I was a bit concerned about how bumpy the green were going to get with this poana grass but I’m chuffed to get into the house with a 65.

“It was really a bit of a grind, but you just have to put one foot in front of the other, play hole-by-hole and we managed to do that.

“The greens are tricky and all the guys know how hard holing out is here so I’m very happy. I was in trouble a couple of times, hit a really good bunker shot on the second to get me out of trouble. Other than that I managed to keep the pace good and hole a couple of long ones and turn in a 65.

“I had a little run though the mid part of the season, played nicely and almost led in Gran Canaria and led in Tenerife, so I’ve been putting myself up there. But I had a little bit of a four-to-six week spell where I felt a bit run down, a bit tired, lost a bit of game and hopefully that was rock bottom and I’ve come back up.

“It’s not my first time leading, Sweden was my first time, got that out of the way so it’s not a new experience anymore. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing and see what happens.”

Jordan Smith: “I think that score is a fair reflection, the long game wasn’t quite there today and I felt like I left myself a lot of 30-40-50 footers out there so it was a tough day on those terms. But I’m pleased about how it turned out and I battled, stayed in there and didn’t make any mistakes.

“The conditions were quite surprising to be fair. I think we were expecting it to be sunny like it was Tuesday and Wednesday but it was a bit overcast and probably at times a two-club wind out there so it was quite tough.

“I’m really please with no bogeys, it’s not easy out there so keeping those colours other than red off your scorecard is great. I’m happy with that.

“I’ve don’t it the last couple of the weeks, going into the weekend in a good position, so I know my game is good. I’ve just got to not get too hard on myself. If I hit a bad shot, just accept it and move on.

“We’ll be going to the range to hit a few balls and see that everything is where it should be and more of the same.”

Callum Hill: “It was a nice round of golf. I’ve played really nice, wasn’t too much stress involved and hopefully we can continue that.

“I hit a good drive on five, then flared the five wood a little bit on the wind and it was pin high right in the rough, 28 yards, maybe less, and then hit a nice chip that landed six yards short and trickled in perfectly.

“I had a really strong week last week, and the form is still there so I just need to keep building on things that need improving and keep moving forward.

“It’s coming together, I’m steadily progressing. Last year was a bit slow for me and I was a bit disappointed and this year has been a steady progression and more the direction I’m hoping to go in and hopefully I can cross the line at some point.

“It’s always nice to be in a good position heading into the weekend and have a chance at winning a golf tournament again. There’s still a couple more rounds but I just want to put myself into position going on to the tenth tee on Sunday and then see how we go.”

Round Two Scores:

134 D WHITNELL (ENG) 66 68, R ENOCH (WAL) 69 65,

135 J SMITH (ENG) 66 69, C HILL (SCO) 68 67,

136 R BLAND (ENG) 65 71, M ANTCLIFF (AUS) 68 68,

137 B EVANS (ENG) 70 67,

138 A CHESTERS (ENG) 70 68, L BJERREGAARD (DEN) 67 71, D VAN TONDER (RSA) 69 69, S GALLACHER (SCO) 72 66, R FOX (NZL) 71 67, T TREE (ENG) 69 69, N KEARNEY (IRL) 68 70,

139 V PEREZ (FRA) 70 69, M FORD (ENG) 68 71, A QUIROS (ESP) 72 67, P PETERSON (USA) 69 70, M SIEM (GER) 70 69, B WIESBERGER (AUT) 68 71, M KIEFFER (GER) 68 71, S KIM (USA) 66 73, D YOUNG (SCO) 68 71, J HANSEN (DEN) 69 70,

140 D DRYSDALE (SCO) 68 72, C SHINKWIN (ENG) 70 70, D VAN DRIEL (NED) 70 70, R RAMSAY (SCO) 70 70, K SAMOOJA (FIN) 71 69, J CATLIN (USA) 68 72, R H?JGAARD (DEN) 71 69, M KINHULT (SWE) 68 72, O WILSON (ENG) 72 68,

141 L VAN MEIJEL (NED) 73 68, J MORRISON (ENG) 70 71, A SULLIVAN (ENG) 74 67, M KAWAMURA (JPN) 71 70, M SOUTHGATE (ENG) 70 71, J DONALDSON (WAL) 72 69, S SHARMA (IND) 70 71, Y CHANG (KOR) 72 69, J STALTER (FRA) 67 74, M JORDAN (ENG) 73 68, B MACPHERSON (AUS) 74 67, W BESSELING (NED) 69 72,

142 D HORSEY (ENG) 73 69, J THOMSON (ENG) 72 70, C SORDET (FRA) 69 73, J CAMPILLO (ESP) 71 71, J CALDWELL (NIR) 70 72, L GAGLI (ITA) 69 73, B HENSON (USA) 70 72, G PORTEOUS (ENG) 71 71, R SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA) 70 72, N LEMKE (SWE) 67 75, R MCGOWAN (ENG) 72 70, N H?JGAARD (DEN) 72 70,

143 A LEVY (FRA) 70 73, E PEPPERELL (ENG) 71 72, A KARLSSON (SWE) 70 73, J SURI (USA) 74 69, J WALTERS (RSA) 70 73, R FISHER (ENG) 76 67, L SHEPHERD (AM) (ENG) 75 68, L SLATTERY (ENG) 74 69, S V?LIM?KI (FIN) 72 71, B DREDGE (WAL) 73 70, A CA?IZARES (ESP) 74 69,

144 M WARREN (SCO) 70 74, D HOWELL (ENG) 73 71, T KOIVISTO (USA) 74 70, J WRISDALE (ENG) 72 72, T OLESEN (DEN) 74 70, R ROCK (ENG) 69 75, J GEARY (NZL) 72 72, G FDEZ-CASTA?O (ESP) 69 75, M CORT (ENG) 70 74, D LAWSON (AUS) 72 72, B EASTON (RSA) 72 72, C HANNA (USA) 73 71, L CANTER (ENG) 71 73, S BROWN (ENG) 71 73, E CUARTERO BLANCO (ESP) 73 71, A COCKERILL (CAN) 70 74, B POKE (DEN) 72 72, P FIGUEIREDO (POR) 74 70,

145 W NIENABER (RSA) 76 69, S GARCIA RODRIGUEZ (ESP) 72 73, B HEBERT (FRA) 72 73, S HEND (AUS) 76 69, G BHULLAR (IND) 73 72, P ERIKSSON (SWE) 72 73, S CROCKER (USA) 66 79, O FARR (WAL) 75 70, S YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 70 75, L DE JAGER (RSA) 73 72, J WINTHER (DEN) 73 72, S TILEY (ENG) 72 73,

146 W ORMSBY (AUS) 75 71, D LAW (SCO) 72 74, T GANDY (IMN) 80 66, C PAISLEY (ENG) 75 71, S CHAWRASIA (IND) 75 71, B STONE (RSA) 75 71, M KORHONEN (FIN) 68 78, S KAPUR (IND) 76 70, V NORRMAN (SWE) 72 74, D COUPLAND (ENG) 69 77,

147 D PERRIER (FRA) 73 74, D GAVINS (ENG) 76 71, A PLANT (ENG) 74 73, R HARRIS (ENG) 73 74, P NYHOLM (SWE) 75 72,

148 D DIXON (ENG) 74 74, J MCLEOD (AUS) 75 73, D HILLIER (NZL) 75 73, P ANGLES (ESP) 73 75, E WALKER (SCO) 73 75,

149 O FISHER (ENG) 77 72, M BALDWIN (ENG) 71 78, C WOOD (ENG) 77 72, M PAVON (FRA) 72 77, M SCHNEIDER (GER) 74 75, A PENDARIES (FRA) 76 73,

150 P WARING (ENG) 71 79, T THURLOWAY (ENG) 75 75, J SENIOR (ENG) 75 75, G STAL (FRA) 75 75,

151 J SANDBORG (SWE) 76 75, C PIGEM (ESP) 73 78, K REITAN (NOR) 74 77, A SADDIER (FRA) 74 77, R SANTOS (POR) 74 77,

152 J KASKE (FIN) 71 81, A ZEMMER (ITA) 78 74, L ROBINSON (ENG) 73 79, A SANDHU (IND) 76 76,

153 C SHARVIN (NIR) 71 82, R MCEVOY (ENG) 77 76, G GREEN (MAS) 78 75,

157 H PORTEOUS (RSA) 81 76, H LI (CHN) 77 80,

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