Frank Bensel, two consecutive holes in one

"The first one was something incredible and when we stood on the tee of the next hole we joked with the idea that we were going to do another one. And it came out!"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Frank Bensel, two consecutive holes in one
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Uhe US Open Senior, a tournament reserved for those over 50, held in Rhode Island (Newport) is now part of the history of golf, a sport that at a competitive level has already celebrated more than a century and a half. Frank Bensel Jr., 56 years old, achieved the feat of holing two consecutive holes in one, something almost unprecedented in history since it is very rare for a course to offer two par 3s in a row.

Bensel, results

Bensel, whose two cards of 75 and 74 strokes will surely not allow him to pass the cut, did so on holes 4 and 5 of the Newport Country Club, of 169 and 184 meters, respectively. He then filled his card with bogeys, but that unique moment will remain for a long time since the chances of doing so are estimated at 156.25 million.

"The first one was something incredible and when we stood on the tee of the next hole we joked with the idea that we were going to do another one. And it came out!" the golfer told reporters along with his son Hagen, who caddies for him.

, and which is named in honor of Walter Hagen, the first great world golf media star who won five PGA Championships in the 1920s. Before, he had signed a good handful of autographs, more typical of a golf star than a professor.

club, his task in these times. Golf had not attended something like this in the last 53 years. The writings say that in the Martini Invitational of 1971, a tournament that was held at Royal Norwich before the creation of the European Tour, John Hudson, 25 years old, holed a hole in 1 on the 11th hole with the 4 iron and, On the 12th, a par 4 of 282 meters downhill, he executed it again with the driver.

Even more implausible is the story told by the famous photographer David Cannon, founder of Getty Image, that in 1974 in a club tournament in Norfolk, Robert Taylor, of Cannon's Leicestershire, made a hole in one on May 30 on the 16th hole with the 2 iron.

The next day, with a great wind in his favor, he repeated his fortune with the 6 iron. Then, at dinner, they bet him 250,000 pounds against one that he would not hit another on the next day. He didn't make it in the morning, he only hit the green, but in the afternoon he returned to the same hole and, against all odds, the ball went in again.

On the PGA Tour, three golfers in history have achieved two holes in one in the same round. They were Bill Whedon at the 1955 Insurance City Open, Yusaku Miyazato at the 2006 Reno Tahoe and Brian Harman at The Barclays in 2015.

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