Watch: Chesson Hadley's putt for eagle rolls off 17th green, into water at Phoenix Open
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Watch: Chesson Hadley’s putt for eagle rolls off 17th green, into water at Phoenix Open



Chesson Hadley turned an eagle putt into a double bogey on Thursday in the opening round of the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Hadley reached the front of the green on the short-ish par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale, leaving him a long eagle putt back to opening-round hole location in the tucked back-left portion of the green. The Georgia Tech product had to give the putt a big rap just to get it all the way back toward the hole to leave a reasonable birdie putt.

And then it all went wrong.

Hadley's eagle putt wasn't hit hard enough, and it took a left-hand turn as it lost speed. Eventually, the putt started to die around the green's fringe. But it didn't lose enough speed, rolling off the green and catching the closely-mowed slope that leads right into the water hazard guarding the left side of the putting surface.

Suddenly, Hadley's ball rolled into the water. After taking a penalty stroke from the penalty area (what used to be a water hazard), Hadley then took three to get in the hole. He chipped from off the green to 7 feet and missed the putt for bogey to card a 6.

Then Hadley made a bogey 5 on the 18th hole to complete a 5-over meltdown in the final five holes, dropping from just two shots off the lead to seven back and T-72.

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