SAN FRANCISCO — OK, now it's starting to get a little ridiculous. One day after Alvaro Quiros aced the par-4 seventh hole during a practice round, Nick Watney went out in the first round of the U.S. Open and double-eagled the par-5 17th hole.
The hole was playing at a manageable 505 yards, but that doesn't make what Watney did any less impressive. With a 5-iron in his hands from 190 yards out, the California native took a rip and watched as his ball rolled casually into the hole for only the third double eagle in U.S. Open history (TC Chen (1985) and Shaun Micheel (2010) had accomplished the feat in the past).
You'd think a double eagle would be a rare occurrence, but the funny thing is, it's actually the second one recorded in a major championship this year. If you'll recall, Louis Oosthuizen holed out for double eagle on the par-5 second hole at the Masters.
With two in the last two majors, fans are going to start expecting double eagles at every major championship in the future. You may want to lower that bar, people.
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