There have been several golfers who have achieved a double eagle in professional golf tournaments. A double eagle, also known as an albatross, is a score of three strokes under par on a single hole. This rare feat occurs when a golfer scores a two on a par-5 hole or a hole-in-one on a par-4 hole.
One notable golfer who has achieved a double eagle is Jeff Maggert. He is the only player to have scored a double eagle in more than one Major championship. Maggert accomplished this incredible feat first in the 1994 Masters Tournament and then again in the 2001 British Open Championship.
In the 1994 Masters, Maggert achieved a double eagle on the 13th hole during the third round. The 13th hole at Augusta National is a par-5 that measures 510 yards. Maggert hit a fantastic second shot from around 222 yards out, holing out for a double eagle. This impressive shot helped him finish tied for fourth place in the tournament.
Seven years later, in the 2001 British Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Maggert once again recorded a double eagle. This time, he accomplished the feat on the par-5 6th hole during the third round. Maggert struck a brilliant second shot from approximately 247 yards, finding the bottom of the cup for another albatross. Despite this exceptional shot, he finished tied for 24th in the tournament.
Scoring a double eagle is an incredibly rare occurrence in professional golf. It requires not only exceptional skill but also a combination of accuracy, distance control, and a touch of luck. Achieving this feat once is remarkable, but for Jeff Maggert to accomplish it in two different Major championships is truly extraordinary.
It is worth noting that there have been other golfers who have recorded double eagles in Major championships, but none have achieved this feat in more than one Major. Some notable examples include Louis Oosthuizen, who scored a double eagle on the par-5 2nd hole during the final round of the 2012 Masters, and Shaun Micheel, who achieved a double eagle on the par-5 7th hole during the first round of the 2006 PGA Championship.
While several golfers have recorded double eagles in professional tournaments, Jeff Maggert is the only player to have achieved this remarkable feat in more than one Major championship. His double eagles in the 1994 Masters and the 2001 British Open Championship solidify his place in golf history as a player who accomplished something truly exceptional.