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Justin Rose nearly aces the par-3 17th at Pinehurst, ends up almost in a bunker

The U.S. Open has long been known as the toughest test in golf, and when the USGA dries out a course like Pinehurst #2, it can be almost impossible for players to get the ball close to the hole.

The greens were mostly receptive on Thursday, but that didn't stop Justin Rose's tee shot on the par-3 17th from nearly going in the hole for an ace only to bounce over the back of the green and into a gnarly lie near a bunker.

The shot by Rose even landed relatively soft on the green, but after getting past the pin it kept rolling and rolling until it stopped in a sandy area just out of the bunker. Rose would go on to make a bogey after that brilliant tee shot and open with a 4-over 39 as he begins his defense of this U.S. Open title.

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