Daniel Berger hit one for the history books on Saturday at Bay Hill. The 21-year-old rookie holed out from 237 yards with a 4-iron on the par-5 6th to post a rare albatross (or as we Americans mistakenly refer to as a “double eagle”).
It was the first ever at the Arnold Palmer Invitational since the inception of the event in 1979.
“The joke between me and my caddy, how many double eagles are going to be on that hole today,” said Berger, who lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington earlier this month at the Honda Classic. “It was special, especially over here, Mr. Palmer’s event. It was just a lot of fun today.”
After nailing his drive down the middle of the fairway, Berger hit a high 4-iron that just barely cleared the rocks separating the green from the water hazard. It landed about eight feet short of the pin and rolled straight in the hole for an extraordinary two.
“It was kind of right on that borderline between going for it and not going for it,” said Berger of his shot. “Little bit on the downhill lie. My caddy gave me the confidence to go for it.
“I hit a big iron. After I hit it, I flushed it. Get up. It landed perfect and I didn’t see it go in but the way the crowd reacted I figured it was either in or close. When I got up there it was pretty cool to pick the ball up out of hole.”
It wasn’t Berger’s first albatross, either — he made one at an AJGA event in North Carolina when he was 15.
Berger had an interesting day on the par-5s, playing them in six-under. He posted a 2, 3, 4 and 5 on them in the third round en route to a four-under 68.
Berger is seven-under for the tournament and currently tied for 22nd.