The Albatross

I have spoken about my near miss of a hole-in-one.  And I’ve mentioned my not-so-secret passion for par 3’s (“Five Feet from Glory”).  I’d love to have a hole-in-one.  But what I’d really like is to score the rarest of golf shots — the “Albatross.”  The double eagle. 

A double eagle is 3 under par on any given hole.  It is a hole-in-one on a par 4 and a “2” on a par 5.  They are a rarity — even on the PGA Tour.  The first double eagle on record was scored by Tom Morris, Jr. (1870 British Open – Prestwick).  The longest albatross was scorred by Andy Bean on a 663 yard par 5 (no. 18; Kapalua) in 1991.   The longest double eagle/ace was by Robert Mitera on a 447 yard par 4 (1965). 

Double eagles are not child’s play.  Yet the youngest golfer to score one was a 10 year old girl.  Line Toft Hansen scored one in 2010 in a Danish juniors’ competition (419 yard; par 5).  In tournament play, 602 doubles have been scored since the first in 1870.  The last one I watched on t.v. — Louis Oosthuizen on April 8th this year on number 5  at the Masters.  The only Tour player to have scored two in Major tournaments was Jeff Maggert (’94 Masters and ’01 British Open). 

Only one golfer is known to have scored a hole-in-one and a double eagle in one round.  Coach John Wooden of UCLA did it in 1939 (Erskine Park G.C. South Bend). 

I’ve read that the odds of a double eagle are one million to one (judging by the score of my last round, I should’ve had one. . . .).  A hole-in-one is a mere 40,000 to 1. 

I’d love that hole-in-one.  But I’d love a double eagle even more.  Maybe if I play from the ladies’ tees. . . .