Jun
15
2012
Video: Watney makes third double-eagle (or albatross) in U.S. Open history
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

The shot of the day goes to Nick Watney, who carded the rare albatross. Watney hit a 5-iron from 190 yards on the par-5 17th and watched in roll in the hole. He followed it up with a celebration for the ages (or one that matched someone named “Peter Oosthuizen” at the Masters earlier this year).

Watney joined an exclusive club of players who have made a 2 on a par-5 in U.S. Open history. T.C. Chen was the first to achieve the feat at the 1985 U.S. Open, and 15 years later, Shaun Micheel scored one at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Watney’s albatross is the second at a major in 2011 2012. In April Peter Louis Oosthuizen made an albatross on the par-5 No. 2 at Augusta National in Sunday’s final round, knocking a 4-iron from 253 yards into the cup, the longest in Masters history.

I couldn’t help myself and I had to post this “Revised Note” from the USGA:

I kept waiting for the revised note to the first revised note, but never got it. Obviously, the USGA was confusing Louis Oosthuizen with former pro-golfer-turned-analyst Peter Oosterhuis. But I mean, really? Well, we all make mistakes (I’m sure there are at least three in this post), but I got a chuckle out of this one.