WATCH: Will Zalatoris Dunks the Ball for a Spectacular Eagle at the Open Championship 2021

Published 07/15/2021, 10:15 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021 Will Zalatoris of the U.S. hits his approach to the 14th hole during the third round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


The 2021 Open Championship is currently underway at the Royal St. George’s Sandwich, Kent in England. And currently, plenty of players have had a decent start. While a few players are yet to tee off, the leaderboard is already shaping up nicely. 24-year-old Will Zalatoris has already made a terrific start to his campaign. 

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Currently, Mackenzie Hughes and Brian Harman are at the top of the leaderboard. But it doesn’t take much time for things to turn around on this course. And there is plenty of action happening on the course. 

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Will Zalatoris makes the first eagle of the 2021 Open Championship

May 13, 2021; McKinney, Texas, USA; Will Zalatoris plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Currently, at T5, Will Zalatoris scored an amazing eagle on the 397 yards par-4, 12th hole. He smashed his driver off the tee right in the undulating fairway and then flushed his wedge right beside the flagstick to make the first eagle of the tournament. This brilliant eagle got him down to three under through the 12th hole. 

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Zalatoris had a rollercoaster of a front nine as he scored four birdies and two bogeys. He remained two-under in the front nine but unfortunately dropped a shot on the par-3 eleventh hole. But going into the 12th hole, he recovered by making a phenomenal eagle.

While Will’s off the tee and approach game has been exceptional so far, he has been struggling a bit with his putting, even though it is a straightforward routine on the golf course.  

Will Zalatoris is having an uphill task now to finish on a high note. But it is not going to be a straightforward task  as the wind has started to pick up speed, and it is becoming a strenuous task for players to control their shots. However, the greens have been on a softer and slower side making it a bit easier for the players to putt. 

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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