With a driver off the deck, Jamie Donaldson nearly holes out from 291 yards for albatross

Jamie Donaldson
Jamie Donaldson -- 2014 Ryder Cup hero for Europe -- nearly made an albatross on Friday after hitting a driver off the deck from 291 yards out to within 18 inches of the hole.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: European Tour

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 | 12:45 p.m.

One of the coolest shots in golf -- when it's pulled off, of course -- is a driver off the deck.

If it isn't executed properly, it can be a disaster and make the golfer who attempted it look like a fool.

In Friday's second round of the Italian Open, Jamie Donaldson -- the man who clinched the 2014 Ryder Cup for Europe at Gleneagles -- hit a perfect drive down the middle of the ninth fairway at Golf Club Milano, his final hole of the day.

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With 291 yards remaining, Donaldson decided he was going to try to go for the green... with a driver.

Here's how it turned out:

You can't dial it up any better than that, folks.

Dinaldson would brush in the eagle putt from 18 inches to finish with a 4-under 67. After 36 holes, he's tied for third at 11 under, just two off the lead.  

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.