Texas, 510 yards albatross (or double-eagle)

You can call it by whatever term you prefer, whether "albatross" or "double-eagle."

by Andrea Gussoni
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Texas, 510 yards albatross (or double-eagle)
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You can call it by whatever term you prefer, whether "albatross" or "double-eagle."

Albatross, video

Regardless, it remains one of those events that few of us will be able to recount (the hole-in-one doesn't count, being defined as an ace).

Consider that in the entire history of the Majors, there have been only 18 albatrosses, with the last one being achieved by Nick Watney at the 2012 U.S. Open, on the par 5 17th hole at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Unfortunately, it's difficult to obtain statistics related to the amateur world, but one thing I can state for sure is this: Since last month, those statistics have been enriched by a new albatross.

Our hero is Braxton Floyd, a senior player for the Lubbock Christian University franchise in Lubbock, Texas. And in Lubbock, you'll find the course where Braxton experienced his moment of glory, the Reese Golf Club. The 18th hole of the course (a par 72 measuring 6,575 yards from the tips) is a par 5 officially measured at 504 yards, but reported as played from 510 yards, or 464 meters.

I don't think the extra 6 yards make much of a difference. (You can find the flyby video of the hole here). Well, our senior player (I like to call him that), taking advantage of a particularly windy day, decided to play his tee shot towards the green with caution...

and he reached it. So Braxton, in his walk of just under 500 meters, put his drive in the bag and pulled out his putter. Upon reaching the green (which, as you'll see, was not in the best condition), the Texan found himself with a putt that was ready to be sunk.

And he sank it. The odds of making an albatross are 6,000,000 to 1 (it's easier to be struck by lightning). And Floyd even defeated that statistic. You can find the video posted on Instagram that documents the final putt here.

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