Rory McIlroy faced a tough task this week as he is making his return to golf at the always-brutal U.S. Open, his first tournament in over a month due to a rib injury.
So you would forgive him if he got off to a rough start. Instead, he did just the opposite.
After McIlroy just missed a birdie putt on the first hole, he teed up his ball at the second hole.
While the Par 4 second hole is short, at just 330 yards, it is a winding fairway and has the smallest green on the course. A player brave enough to go for the green risks ending up in the rough, or in the green-side bunker, as Justin Rose did playing in the same group.
To complicate matters, the green is not only elevated, it is hidden behind a mound of bunkers.
In fact, the hole is so well-hidden that McIlroy went for the green while the group in front of them was still putting out.
Sure enough, McIlroy landed on the green, leaving himself an eagle putt.
For comparison, Jason Day is also a long driver and he played the hole safe, driving the ball to the left and leaving it in the fairway.
McIlroy was left with a long eagle putt, but it wasn’t too tricky.
He nailed it to go 2-under after two holes.
Welcome back, Rors.
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