9 times an albatross (double eagle) was caught on camera

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An albatross is one of the rarest shots in golf. Here's a look at 9 instances where that shot was caught on video.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 9:52 a.m.

Whether you call it an "albatross" or a "double eagle" can we just agree that it's an awesome shot to behold?

There have been four "2s" on par 5s during the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

Morgan Hoffman sunk the first late last year at the Safeway Open in the tournament's first round on the 18th hole at Silverado Resort and Spa North.

Miguel Angel Carballo holed the season's second albatross a few week's later on the 16th hole at TPC Summerlin in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello was the third golfer to make a rare "2" on a par 5 in 2016-17 when he turned the trick at the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Players Championship.

Remarkably, it was the first time in tournament history that a player has made a deuce on that hole.

Finally, Johnson Wagner scored the last "2" on a par 5 this season when he did so in the second round of the Wyndham Championship on the fifth hole at Sedgefield CC.

Those albatrosses got us thinking: What are some of the best albatrosses caught on camera through the years?

Here are nine that we came up with: 

9. Adam Scott on the eighth hole during the Lakes Australian Open in 2011:

8. Graeme McDowell during the 2007 Volvo Masters at Valderrama in Spain, host site of the 1997 Ryder Cup:

7. Jason Gore, from 250 yards out on the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines South during the third round of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open:

6. Rafa Cabrera Bello on No. 16 at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the 2017 Players Championship:

5. John Senden on the second hole at TPC Boston in the second round of the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship:

4. Bart Bryant holes out from 195 yards to tie for the 36-hole lead at the 2015 Allianz Championship:

3. Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole at Augusta National in the final round of the 2012 Masters:

2. Bob Gilder on the 18th hole at Westchester Country Club in Round 3 of the 1982 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic:

1. This is our favorite. A 17-year-old named Christopher Meyers makes a "2" on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to win the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open... believed to be the only albatross on No. 18 in a tournament in Pebble Beach's 98-year history:


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.