Double eagles in major championship history
In the final round of the 2012 Masters, Louis Oosthuizen holed out from the fairway on the par-5 second hole for the fourth double eagle in Masters history, and the first on hole No. 2. Oosthuizen’s achievement was one of the rarest in golf – in fact, it was only the 16th double eagle in major championship history. Here’s the complete list.
Young Tom Morris, 1870 Open Championship
It is believed that the first double eagle in a major came at the 1870 Open Championship. Young Tom Morris made a 3 on the then par-6 first hole at Prestwick on his way to winning his third Open title in a row.
Gene Sarazen, 1935 Masters
Perhaps the greatest double eagle ever made in a major, Gene Sarazen holed a 235-yard 4-wood on the par-5 15th hole during the final round. Sarazen trailed by three shots at the time, and the shot, which came to be known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World," propelled him to a playoff victory.
Bruce Devlin, 1967 Masters
Australian pro Bruce Devlin holed a 4-wood from 248 yards for a 2 on the par-5 eighth hole in the first round at Augusta.
Johnny Miller, 1972 Open Championship
Two-time U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller made a double eagle on the 558-yard fifth hole at Muirfield during the 1972 Open Championship.
Tze-Chung Chen, 1985 U.S. Open
Tze-Chung Chen recorded the first double eagle in U.S. Open history when he sank his second shot on the par-5 second hole at Oakland Hills. Chen's shot help propel him to a course-record 65 in the first round.
Darrell Kestner, 1993 PGA Championship
Club pro Darrell Kestner joined the major double eagle club by making a 2 on the 13th hole at Inverness.
Jeff Maggert, 1994 Masters, 2001 Open Championship
Maggert is the only player with two career double eagles in majors. His first came on the 13th hole in the final round of the 1994 Masters (3-iron, 222 yards) and his second occurred on the sixth hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes during the 2001 Open Championship.
Per-Ulrik Johansson, 1995 PGA Championship
Johansson made his double eagle on the 11th hole of the '95 PGA at Riviera Country Club.
Manny Zerman, 2000 Open Championship
In 2000 at St. Andrews, Zerman made a 2 at the par-5 fifth hole at St. Andrews.
Greg Owen, 2001 Open Championship
Owen scored a major championship double eagle when he holed his second shot on the par-5 11th hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Gary Evans, 2004 Open Championship
During the opening round of the 2004 Open at Royal Troon, Evans flushed a 5-iron from 227 yards out on the 560-yard par-5 fourth hole for the first double eagle of his career.
Joey Sindelar, 2006 PGA Championship
During the third round of the 2006 PGA Championship, Sindelar double-eagled Medinah's fifth hole.
Paul Lawrie, 2009 Open Championship
Ten years after winning his only major championship at the 1999 Open, Lawrie gave the fans at Turnberry something to cheer about when he made a double eagle at the seventh hole in the final round.
Shaun Micheel, 2010 U.S. Open
Better known for his victory at the 2003 PGA and his runner-up finish to Tiger Woods at the 2006 PGA, Micheel made history again in 2010 by making a double eagle at Pebble Beach's sixth hole during Round 4 of the U.S. Open.
Louis Oosthuizen, 2012 Masters
Sitting two shots back of leader Peter Hanson, Oosthuizen's second shot on hole No. 2, a 4-iron from 253 yards, landed on the front of the green and rolled 80 feet before dropping in for a 2 that propelled Louis into the lead. It was the fourth double eagle in Masters history, and the first on the second hole.