The conditions at Olympic are toughening as Thursday progresses, with the wind drying out the course and heat creating incredibly slick putting surfaces. But that doesn't mean the best players in the world can't pull off miraculous shots.
Nick Watney came to the 17th hole at 3-over par and managed to get it all back in one shot, moving to even-par with an amazing double eagle. It's the second double eagle in a major this year, coming on the heels of Louis Oosthuizen's albatross on No. 2 at Augusta.
With the ball well below his feet on a sidehill lie, Watney struck his second shot perfectly and ran it right up the heart of the green. The ball rolled into the back-right pin location on its final few revolutions. The 17th is played as a short par-5, presenting one of the rare birdie opportunities on the course. But it demands a precise approach shot with a treacherous runoff lurking on the right side just behind the pin location for Thursday. Watney took dead aim and pulled off what will surely be the shot of the day.
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