Perhaps the elusive albatross isn’t so elusive — at least it hasn’t been the past two days at Bay Hill. Daniel Berger made the first one in the tournament history in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the par-5 6th. On Sunday, Zach Johnson followed suit and holed out from the fairway with a five-iron from 206 yards on the par-5 16th.
“I was in between a 4-iron and 5-iron,” said Johnson after he posted a final round six-under 66. “It’s warm. I’m going to rip a 5-iron. I tugged it a good five yards from where I wanted to hit it.
“You now, you make some, you miss some. You get some bad breaks and get some good breaks. That was a good break. A day of would have, could have, should have. Maybe it all evens out.”
He added: “It was five to eight yards left of my target. I’m trying to use the bank and let it go down in there, right of the pin. I hit it good. The ball is going a long ways. It’s just traveling a long ways. Seems like it’s traveling a long ways into the wind. One of those shots that like I said, I tugged it, but it carried, it carried a good 190, whatever it was, 195 to 199.”
Johnson perhaps got too much of an adrenaline rush and unfortunately bogeyed the final two holes. However, he still moved into the top 10 with a tournament total of 12-under.
It wasn’t the first albatross that Johnson has ever posted. He made one years ago at Heathrow Country Club when he lived in Orlando.
“I had a double eagle years ago,” he said. “I lived here in Orlando at Heathrow on the second hole. I started birdie, double eagle, par, birdie, and shot 74. Clearly a double eagle will make my game very rusty. I got to work on that.”