Why Is Everyone Talking About a Double-Eagle?

This article is from the archive of our partner .

In the middle of Sunday afternoon, the internet erupted over a double-eagle flying across the sky. It was trending on Twitter in the US.  For those left in the dark, everyone was about a golf shot. Louis Oosthuizen won the afternoon when he hit this highlight reel shot on the second hole at Augusta National in the last round of the Masters. It was the fourth in Masters history, and the first one in eighteen years. His approach to the green on the par-5 hole lands at the top of a slope and rolls for what looks to be thirty or forty feet before gently dropping into the hole.

A double-eagle, which is also known as an Albatross, is when a golf player completes a hole three shots under par. ESPN calls it "the rarest shot in golf." 

Oosthuizen's shot launched him from -7 to -10, good enough for the lead when the shot happened. He's still leading and currently at -9, two strokes ahead of the next golfer. Phil Mickelson's triple bogey dropped him to -5. He still has more than half of the course to go, so hopefully this bird won't end up around his neck while celebrates a second place finish. Does this Albatross mean smooth sailing for Oosthuizen on the back nine, or will it hang from his neck while someone else gets fitted for the famous green jacket? It remains to be seen.

Recommended Reading

Only one other player who shot a double-eagle went on to win the tournament. Gene Sarazen hit one in 1935 on the fifteenth hole and went on to force a playoff and eventually win the tournament. 

For those wondering, Tiger Woods is currently at +2. He will not win the Masters this year. 

Deadspin has video of Oosthuizen's historic shot. 

UPDATE: Oosthuizen ended up losing to Bubba Watson after a two hole playoff round. Does this mean he's cursed? May the albatross hang from his neck until he wins his next major. 

This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.