WATCH: Ken Duke holes out for eagle at Texas Open, loses his mind
Ken Duke shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday at the Valero Texas Open, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. Duke, who has been cut in his last six events, holed out from the bunker for eagle in Round 1 and proceeded to celebrate like he’d just won a major championship.
Duke’s eagle and celebration came at the 567-yard par-5 14th hole. The best part (pretty easily) was the visor toss onto the green. It was like something out of a 1970s Open Championship.
“I hit a great 3-wood (on my second shot),” Duke said after his round. “To be honest with you, I thought it was perfect but came up short. Last two, three months haven’t had any momentum. Something like that happened. Just Tiger is not here, to get the crowd roaring and I can never even get close to him, but I just needed to get some emotion out to get going a little bit and finished off the round pretty well and hopefully have a good week.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit. Finally I got off to a great start. This course, you can hit some great shots and be rewarded. You have to scramble on this golf course, especially I do. It’s a tough golf course, big golf course for me and I have to try hard every day.”