Eagle/Birdie v par/bogey... How much money does one stand to lose by dropping those strokes if it goes awry?
He had a child, and hasn't played in a few months. Might change one's perspective on a larger payday.
I don't think I'm in a position to question his choice. He took his time to make it, and I assume he considered the likelihood of pulling off a shot that gave him a realistic chance of eagle (very low) versus the cost of missing (very high.)
Why he hit that awful layup in the rough... That's a mystery, but I'm sure he didn't mean to do that either. Played a brilliant shot from that mess.
Golf is hard, even for the best, sometimes. Asking a guy who just shit his pants and dropped 3 strokes through the last 4 holes to hit a miracle shot is rough.