While an albatross — going three under par on a single hole — is known as one of golf’s ultra-rare accomplishments, you wouldn’t know it by watching the PGA Tour over the last week.
On Thursday at the Players Championship, Harris English holed out from 236 yards away in the fairway to make a 2 on the 539-yard par-5 11th hole at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
And just one week later, another player took center stage: Russell Knox made an albatross at the Valspar Championship’s host course, the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead course, but his feat had even more historical significance than English’s.
On the 573-yard par-5 11th hole, Knox had 275 yards left to the pin for his second shot from the right side of the fairway. He elected to go with a 3-wood, and the result was magical.
The ball landed on the front of the green, and rolled … and rolled … and rolled … all the way to the pin, where it plopped directly into the hole (you can watch the shot below).
Amazingly, Knox had just carded the first albatross ever in the 19-year history of the Valspar Championship. Pretty special!
The best part? Knox made the most of his good fortune. After an up-and-down front side that included two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey, Knox’s albatross really turned things around. He went on to make three additional birdies on his closing seven holes to finish his round at four under par overall, which is currently T3.
Check out Knox’s shot in all its glory below.
🚨 ALBATROSS 🚨
The best shot in golf.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 21, 2019
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