T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Incredible golf shots from last week
Creativity, imagination and execution of a golf shot are a few of the things that separate the world's best players from the rest of us.
That was evident over the last four days with these four shots in particular.
First, we told you last week about Dutch golfer Joost Luiten's albatross (or double eagle) from the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban, South Africa. He hit a 4-iron from 248 yards and, according to the European Tour, the ball landed about 20 yards short of the green and ran up into the hole. You can watch it again here:
Later that day in Hawaii, PGA Tour player James Hahn scored an unlikely albatross of his own, holing his second shot on the 510-yard, par-5 ninth hole at Waialae Country Club in the Sony Open, hitting a 6-iron from 191 yards out. You can watch that shot here:
Also at the Sony Open, PGA Tour rookie Peter Malnati had a hole-out for eagle on the 18th hole -- his ninth of the day -- during the final round. This wasn't as spectacular as the two shots before it, but the reaction was great. Pitching from just off the green, Malnati instantly had a reaction we can all relate to: "Oh no! I hit it too hard!" Lucky for Malnati, the ball actually slam-dunked into the hole for the eagle. Check it out here:
Finally, check out arguably the most incredible of the four shots -- which is saying something since it's up against two double eagles and an eagle. Former Masters champ Charl Schwartzel, playing in the Volvo Golf Champions, found himself in a nearly impossible spot after a wayward tee shot. As you'll see in the video below, Schwartzel played his second shot off a cart path -- a blind shot to the green over trees -- and somehow, magically got the ball to stop within a few feet of the hole. Not so magical? Schwartzel missed the short putt and had to settle for a par.
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