Bill Haas starts parade of long-distance eagles at CareerBuilder

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Bill Haas knocked in his approach shot for an eagle on his very first hole of his title defense on Thursday.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 6:37 p.m.
 
On Thursday over in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Lee Westwood carded a walk-off eagle – he canned his approach shot on his final hole. Now that's the way you end a round in style.
 
Several hours later and halfway around the world, Bill Haas kicked off his title defense at the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge with what we're calling a "walk-on" eagle. Yup, Haas knocked his approach shot on the first hole in for an eagle.
 
Haas's strike was especially impressive because it came from the rough about 103 yards away. The ball bounced softly a couple times on the green, then checked up and scooted back and to the left into the cup.
 
 
Haas also started what turned into a parade of amazing eagles out in the California desert. Soon thereafter, fan favorite Phil Mickelson sank a 110-yard approach shot that was so cool my colleague T.J. Auclair featured it in its own post here on PGA.com.
 
As the afternoon rolled on, we also saw long-distance eagles from Martin Piller (from 110 yards out on the par-5 11th hole), Bud Cauley (a 65-foot pitch shot out of the rough on the par-5 16th hole) and Shawn Stefani (a 72-foot pitch shot from the tall grass on the par-5 eighth hole).
 
That's five eagles without a single putt in the first round alone. The CareerBuilder Challenge is usually billed as a birdie-fest but, if this pace keeps up, we might have to change that to eagle-extravaganza.
 
Here are the big shots: