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.