Justin Leonard's slam-dunk eagle

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You can't really begin a round of golf any better than Justin Leonard did at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, May 08, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.

What's better than starting your round off with a birdie?

Easy -- starting your round off with an eagle. That's precisely what Justin Leonard did on the first hole at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday in the first round of the Players Championship.

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From the middle of the fairway on the 423-yard, par-4 first hole, Leonard -- the 1998 Players Champion -- faced a 147-yard approach shot. He hit as perfect a shot as one can, slam-dunking it into the hole for an eagle and destroying the cup in the process.

The cup was in such rough shape, the grounds crew had to fix it.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.