Chris Stroud made an improbable birdie after his ball somehow rolls back onto the green

By Wayne Cavadi
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Raise your hand if you, like us, think getting the golf ball to do what you want it to do can be challenge. Of course, right? But every once in a while we get one of those seeing-eye breaks that turns an ordinary round into something special. That's what happened yesterday to Chris Stroud and Brian Stuard at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

They finished with a 4-under 68 after Round 1. But that score would likely have been at least a shot or two worse if Stroud hadn't gotten an assist from what we can only refer to as a phantom ball.

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Stroud and his partner missed the par-4 eighth green by a matter of inches. They and officials noticed the ball was moving. Check out what happened next as they waited for it to come to a halt:

The assist gave Stroud a better look at the hole. His birdie putt is below at the :43 mark:

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