Ken Duke made one of the best U.S. Open pars ever at Pinehurst No. 2.

Ken Duke made one of the best U.S. Open pars ever at Pinehurst No. 2.

PINEHURST, N.C. – Ken Duke, the kind of lunchbucket pro for whom it's easy to root, has a knack for popping up on leaderboards at the under-the-radar events that make up the backbone of the PGA Tour schedule. He saved his best for one of the biggest events in golf. Check out the above video to see the veteran make one of the best, U.S. Openy pars you'll ever see. It came at the par-3 9th hole at Pinehurst No. 2.

"I really had no chance to hit it forward to the hole," he said. "I could have gone to the right, but if I hit it a little bit harder it might have rolled down the hill. So my caddie and I decided to hit it in the bunker, I'm a pretty good bunker player … Sometimes you do the right thing and it pays off and it works out, which is good."

Duke is on the wrong side of the projected cutline at +7 after finishing his second round with a 72. That will give him an early start on defending his title at next week's Traveler's Championship, where he recorded his first PGA Tour victory.

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