PINEHURST, N.C. - That's the thing about golf: no matter how rotten of a day you have, there's always one shot that'll keep you coming back.
Kevin Stadler has had a pretty forgettable week at the U.S. Open. First off, he was put in the, uh, "big" grouping by the USGA along with similarly large-sized players Shane Lowry and Brendon de Jonge. Then he went out and shot a 77 on Day 1, 12 strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer, effectively ensuring himself a golf-free weekend.
Friday wasn't looking much better until the fairway of the 13th, when Stadler reeled off one of the prettiest approaches you'll see this weekend. The eagle put him two under for the day.
At Pinehurst, putting is a tremendous challenge, so the best play is always to avoid putting altogether. Well done, Mr. Stadler.