Amateur Langley in the hunt at Pebble

Illinois' Scott Langley

Illinois' Scott Langley


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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Scott Langley’s impressive recent play continued Friday with a second-round 69 at the U.S. Open, including two tap-in birdies on two of Pebble Beach’s most difficult holes.

Langley, the NCAA individual champion, will enter the weekend at his first U.S. Open in a tie for 13th at 2-over 144, just five shots off Graeme McDowell’s lead. Langley was 5 over after eight holes Thursday, but played his next 28 holes in 3 under. Langley shot 4-under 32 on the back nine Friday.

Langley hit his approach an inch from the hole on No. 10, birdied Nos. 11, 13 and 14, then hit his tee shot on the 208-yard, par-3 17th to a foot for another birdie.

“I just kind of embraced the challenge, embraced all the people that are watching, embraced things that are new to me, basically,” said Langley, who recently completed his junior season at Illinois. “Obviously the course is difficult, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I’m looking forward to, hopefully, tackling it the next couple days.”

Georgia’s Russell Henley, the Golfweek College Player of the Year and Haskins Award winner, was the only other amateur to make the cut. He shot 73-74 and is tied for 37th.

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