Louis Oosthuizen sinks 260-yard shot for first double eagle on second hole in Masters history

posted at 4:31 pm on April 8, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Today is shaping up to be a Sunday to remember. On the final day of the Masters, South African golfer and former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen sunk an easy 260-yard iron shot for a “2″ on the 575-yard, par-five second hole at Augusta National golf club. The albatross took him to 10-under and the lead.

Oosthuizen’s double eagle was only the second in Masters history and the first ever on the second hole. In 1935, Gene Sarazen significantly enhanced the standing of the Masters tournament when he fired “the shot heard round the world.” On the final day, Sarazen selected a four-wood to cover a cool 235-yard span and roll the ball into the hole in two on the par-five 15th. The shot enabled him to tie Craig Wood, whom he defeated the next day in an 18-hole playoff. At the time, the major of majors was known as the Augusta National Invitational and wasn’t considered a particularly prestigious tournament. Sarazen’s miracle helped to ensure the tradition would continue.

As soon as there is video of Oosthuizen’s double, I’ll post it.


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That was such an incredible shot. If he wins, this will be the second year in a row that a South African wins the Masters.

ShadowsPawn on April 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The video is on YouTube now.

ShadowsPawn on April 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

It was pretty bad ass…..

BallisticBob on April 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Saw this as it happened. It really was amazing. I’ve never seen a double eagle before.

Weight of Glory on April 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I’ve witnessed a double eagle in person, once. It was at a course up near Lake Tahoe way up in the Sierras. The air was crisp, clear and cold, and the ground was hard. The guy’s tee shot was unreal — he struck it perfectly in the sweet spot and it rocketed away and literally disappeared into the distance. When we finally got up to his ball, on a par five hole, he was only about maybe 80 yards in front of the green. The drive went well over 400 yards. He then took out a 9-iron and plopped the ball onto the green, where in when into the hole on the third hop.

Granted, this was not a pro-level ultra-long course like Augusta, but then again the guy who made the double eagle was just an amateur player. It was totally amazing to see.

As for myself, I think I racked up an 11 on that particular hole. Sigh.

Zombie on April 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I saw it live too. Also two aces at the par 3 16th today. Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott. Really turning into an exciting Masters.

ShadowsPawn – And the 3rd South African champion in five years I think. Seeing as Schwartzel finished 8 over this year, I expect there is nothing that would make this years Masters a more wonderful experience than to be able to put the Green Jacket on his friend Louis Oosthuizen’s shoulders.

A lot of golf to play though, and Mickelson making the turn only three off the lead isn’t something to shrug off with his history on this back nine.

Gingotts on April 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

The video is on YouTube now.

ShadowsPaw

Actually, it’s dominating YouTube. There are at least 50 versions uploaded by now. Just type in “double eagle” or “Oosthuizen” and you’ll get a zillion results.

Zombie on April 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I hear ABC and NBC already are trying to edit the tape.

viking01 on April 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I once got on the green in two on a 518 yarder with a dogleg. The amazing thing was that I didn’t strike the ball well off the tie and had to pick the second shot off the grass with my three wood, over the trees on the dogleg to the green. Quite a feeling. Two putted for a birdie of course but I still remember it.

lowandslow on April 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I hear ABC and NBC already are trying to edit the tape.

viking01 on April 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I think they’re disturbed by the ball being white.

Doughboy on April 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Quite a shot indeed… Still pulling for Phil.

Dasher on April 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Go Nadal!

shannon76 on April 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Come on, Phil…

StarLady on April 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I hear ABC and NBC already are trying to edit the tape.

viking01 on April 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

LOL…that’s a good one.

shannon76 on April 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Hang in there Phil…!!!

… Oh, wait!

/

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I’m skipping event in silent protest of crusty bigotry, but you sure know your golf girl.

My protest does not include reading articles, or seeing scores on my android thang… or calling Ms. Korbe something less sexist… ;-)

Go Phil… and give that green jacket to that worthy woman cause this BOYcott is killing me.

Shivas Irons on April 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Today is shaping up to be a Sunday to remember.

Tina Korbe on April 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

If golf is the big news, it’s just a slow news day.

WhatNot on April 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Today is shaping up to be a Sunday to remember.

Tina Korbe on April 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

If golf is the big news, it’s just a slow news day.

WhatNot on April 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Well, the NY Yankees just lost their 3rd game in a row, to start their season 0-3.

But that means nothing, as the last time they started the season 0-3 they ended up winning 114 games.

Del Dolemonte on April 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

WOW

LtGenRob on April 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

“Fore!!!”

Actually, a “two”…

Well done, congrats, and welcome to golf HISTORY!!

And, yes, isn’t it nice that Tiger didn’t do it??

Khun Joe on April 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Does he get a 1924 double eagle for his reward? I sure hope so.

platypus on April 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Golf… Never cared about it and still don’t now. *yawn*

Sachiko on April 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Tiger Woods would be turning in his grave if he was dead. LOL

gryphon202 on April 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I once got on the green in two on a 518 yarder with a dogleg.

lowandslow on April 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Were you recently fired by NBC? Just kidding bro. I’d be lucky to double-bogey a par 5.

racquetballer on April 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Oosthuizen’s double eagle was only the second in Masters history and the first ever on the second hole.

Correction:

Bruce Devlin at No. 8 (1967) and Jeff Maggert at No. 13. (1994)

TxAnn56 on April 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Go Bubba!!

screwauger on April 8, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Be nice if the sportcasters could get his name pronounced somewhere close to right.

The first syllable Oost is pronounced like the “oast” in coast- and then How-zen.

Not Ooost-whoozin.

Helluva shot.

Hope he wins the day.

profitsbeard on April 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

That thing just rolled and rolled and rolled and rolled…

SouthernGent on April 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Come on, Phil…you can do it!!!!!

StarLady on April 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Go, Bubba!!!

ladyingray on April 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM

As for myself, I think I racked up an 11 on that particular hole. Sigh.

Zombie on April 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

You’re my kind of golfer, Zombie. :-)

trigon on April 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Wow! What a shoot-out! Next time, Phil…

StarLady on April 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

This will be a great shoot-out!!!

ladyingray on April 8, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Sudden death for Bubba and Louis O.

profitsbeard on April 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Sudden death for Bubba and Louis O.

profitsbeard on April 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I like both these guys, so I don’t really care which one wins it…but you just gotta love a golfer named Bubba!!!

ladyingray on April 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Holy sh#t, Bubba!

BallisticBob on April 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Albatross

ladyingray on April 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Holy sh#t, Bubba!

BallisticBob on April 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Dayam!!!!

ladyingray on April 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Not a big Bubba fan, but that was just an amazing golf shot out of the pine straw. Who needs Tiger and Phil.

And I’d like to hope that this steady performance out of Oosthuizen earns him the respect that the runaway win at St. Andrews didn’t get him. That guy is for real.

Gingotts on April 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Bubba for the win!

Green jacket time.

profitsbeard on April 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

And I’d like to hope that this steady performance out of Oosthuizen earns him the respect that the runaway win at St. Andrews didn’t get him. That guy is for real.

Gingotts on April 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Yep.

BallisticBob on April 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM

And I’d like to hope that this steady performance out of Oosthuizen earns him the respect that the runaway win at St. Andrews didn’t get him. That guy is for real.

Gingotts on April 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

He is. I would be happy with either of them winning. Oosthuizen is awesome.

ladyingray on April 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I’d be lucky to double-bogey a par 5.

racquetballer on April 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Poor Mick shot a (the first?) triple bogey on a par three.

davidk on April 8, 2012 at 7:51 PM

And albatross, two aces, playoff AND Bubbas shot on the 10th?

Good stuff.

BallisticBob on April 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Bubba Watson wins the green jacket.

mike0993 on April 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM

He is. I would be happy with either of them winning. Oosthuizen is awesome.

ladyingray on April 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

A guy named Lodewicus is pretty much guaranteed to be awesome. If I had that name, I don’t think I’d have the heart to change it to “Louis,” but apparently he can’t stand it.

Seriously though – the double eagle gets the media hype but it was his is clutch par putting that shows his championship caliber. Even made great putts on those that didn’t drop in the playoff. Reminded me of Harrington’s clutch shots when he won The Open in ’07 and ’08, or Goosen during his US Open victories. And he has more years to take advantage of that iceman steadiness than either of the other two had once they broke out.

Gingotts on April 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Anytime someone named Bubba wins, it’s good with me.

bluealice on April 8, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Pretty neat that Bubba has never had a lesson, purely self-taught! The ultimate homeschooler!

herm2416 on April 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Bubba’s going to be cruisin’ in The General Lee wearing the green jacket.

A great tournament, except for Phil’s triple at number 4. What a bad break that his ball hit the railing. That was the difference between his fourth jacket and tie for third place.

Mallard T. Drake on April 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Heads exploding at the NY Times, who will now have to refer to a Bubba as “Mr. Watson”.

Del Dolemonte on April 8, 2012 at 8:38 PM

That thing just rolled and rolled and rolled and rolled…

SouthernGent on April 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

That’s the thing that amazes me. It landed well in front of the green and rolled like the cup was a floor drain. Astonishing shot.

Great tournament — fun to see Bubba win it.

Jaibones on April 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

A great tournament, except for Phil’s triple at number 4. What a bad break that his ball hit the railing. That was the difference between his fourth jacket and tie for third place.

Mallard T. Drake on April 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Yeah, only good thing to say about that is at least it didn’t happen to him on the 18th like Van de Velde’s infamous heart-breaking collapse.

Gingotts on April 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I mean, that’s good but, it ain’t Kim Jung Il good.

esnap on April 8, 2012 at 8:48 PM

If I had a brother who golfed and didn’t live in a hut……

KOOLAID2 on April 8, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Golf… Never cared about it and still don’t now. *yawn*
Sachiko on April 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

You deserve the ban hammer for that comment. Or to be flogged, which is golf spelled backwards.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Meh. Piece of cake. I do that all the time.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahah! Seriously, I can’t even hit my driver that far. What a shot!

predator on April 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM

And lost by bogeying the second hole in the playoff.

I watched the last couple of hours of the tourney.

Gotta hand it to Watson. He played a great game.

catmman on April 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Tina, it was 254 yards, but what a shot. It was almost as good as Bubba’s 40 yard hooked wedge from 136 on the second playoff hole.

DDay on April 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

One more thing, Louis is a class act and served his Country and golf well.

DDay on April 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM

The first time my husband took me golfing, we made a bet. He, of course, KNEW he would trounce me. I shot one over par! He was utterly stunned. (he was my boyfriend at the time.)

Did I mention it was putt putt?! But it was my first ever putt putt, so that HAS to count for something. : )

herm2416 on April 8, 2012 at 11:09 PM

The Masters is the one sporting event that never seems to disappoint. It’s sublime. There’s nothing like it.

Is it a coincidence that Augusta National is one of our few institutions that spits in the face of political correctness, that sees no compelling reason to do whatever the hell the NY Times tells it to do?

Just asking…

bobs1196 on April 8, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Does he get a 1924 double eagle for his reward? I sure hope so.

platypus on April 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

That would be fitting.

Chaz706 on April 9, 2012 at 5:01 AM