How Did the Albatross Get its Name and What is an Albatross or Double Eagle Golf Score?

Albatross is the Spanish word for “pelican,” and although to a mariner it may be bad luck, to a golfer it’s an amazing accomplishment.

More commonly known today as a double eagle, a three under par for an individual hole was originally called an albatross.

Only one has ever been scored in the U.S. Open because the odds of making an albatross are 1 in 5.85 million.

Gene Sarazen accomplished this in 1935.

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