Justin Rose knocks in eagle from 112 yards out at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Justin Rose with Graeme McDowell
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Justin Rose (l) got a handshake from Graeme McDowell after sinking his approach shot for an eagle on the par-4 third hole at Bay Hill.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 1:16 p.m.
 
Justin Rose is English, not Irish, so you wouldn't necessarily think that he'd find a lot of luck on the golf course on St. Patrick's Day. And at the start of his first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, that seemed to be the case.
 
Rose opened on the back side at Bay Hill Thursday morning with a par and then a double bogey, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 12, his third hole of the day. After three straight pars, he eagled the par-5 sixth hole by sinking an 18-foot putt. Another bogey on No. 1, his 10th hole, dropped him back to even, and that's where he was as he steppd up onto the tee box on the par-4 third hole.
 
 
He crushed his drive 319 yards right into the elbow of the big dogleg left, and had only a wedge for his 112-yard approach shot from the fairway. As you can hear on the video below, the Golf Channel analyst noted that Rose should expect to hit it within seven or eight feet from that distance.
 
Rose clearly had a slightly higher goal – his shot hit just short and right of the flag, hopped a couple times and curled into the right side of the cup for an eagle. He raised his arms in triumph, and got a congratulatory handshake from Graeme McDowell – a Northern Irishman who must've been wondering why Rose was hogging all the St. Paddy's Day mojo in their group.
 
Rose, by the way, finished up with a pair of biries and four pars for a 4-under 68 – not bad, considering he was 2 over after his first two holes.
 
Here's his big eagle: