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Louis Oosthuizen makes first-ever double eagle on No. 2 at Augusta National

Photo: Al Tielemans / SI

Louis Oosthuizen's albatross, one of the rarest shots in golf, was the first on No. 2 in Masters history.

With one swing from the middle of the par-5 second fairway, Louis Oosthuizen shook the trees at Augusta National, holing out for a double eagle.

It was the first double eagle on that hole in 76 playings of the Masters. It was the fourth double eagle in tournament history, joining Gene Sarazen's in 1935 at the 15th hole, Bruce Devlin's in 1967 at the eighth hole and Jeff Maggert's in 1994 at the 13th hole.

From 253 yards, Oosthuizen threaded a 4-iron shot between two fronting bunkers and watched it roll across the green, from left to right, and into the hole. The 2 sent Oosthuizen from a shot out of the lead to two shots ahead early in the final round of the Masters.

It was the longest double-eagle shot in the history of the tournament. Sarazen's was a 4-wood from 235 yards, Devlin's a 4-wood from 248 yards, and Maggert's a 3-iron from 222 yards.

After Oosthuizen took his ball out of the cup, he tossed it to the crowd. The fan who got it, Wayne Mitchell, donated the ball to Augusta National. According to a club official, Mitchell said he felt the ball belonged at the club. Mitchell could not immediately be located for comment, and the club declined to say whether Mitchell would be compensated for his donation.

 

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