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Watch Rory McIlroy's exquisite bump-and-run for eagle

May 06, 2016

Beginner golfers are often advised to get the ball rolling as soon as possible when hitting shots around the green. But it's a strategy that works for the pros as well.

Faced with a downhill, 80-foot shot out of the rough with water behind the hole during his second round at the Wells Fargo Championship, Rory McIlroy went with the bump-and-run. Good choice. Watch McIlroy's exquisite touch as he only hits the ball in the air about an eighth of the total distance and yet it finds the bottom of the cup:

The eagle put McIlroy into red figures for the first time this week -- no small feat considering he opened the tournament with a front-nine 40 on Thursday.

It's also not surprising that the four-time major champ would turn things around. McIlroy is the defending champ and only two-time winner of the event, and he holds both the course and tournament scoring records. In other words, he might just be getting started.