Watch: Wheatcroft's near-albatross

Steve Wheatcroft
Steve Wheatcroft prepares to let one fly Sunday at Pebble Beach's 18th hole.
By Mark Aumann

Published: Sunday, February 15, 2015 | 4:41 p.m.

How close did Steve Wheatcroft come to a rare albatross Sunday on the iconic 18th hole at Pebble Beach?

This close:



Wheatcroft knocked it home for the eagle, but wouldn't that have been something to tell the grandkids? "Hey, I made two at No. 18!"

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How rare is an albatross on the PGA Tour? Since 2012, there have been eight. Trevor Immelman had one in June at the Travelers Championship.

It would have been the first albatross on that hole since Christopher Meyers did it last year, as a 17-year-old junior golfer.