List of Golfers Who Have Made an Albatross at a Major

By Ryan Watson

An albatross, sometimes called a double-eagle, is a score of three under par for an individual hole. An incredibly rare feat, an albatross has only been made a handful of time at any of the fours Majors - the Masters, US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship.

This score is achieved 3 ways: a hole in one on a par-4, 2 shots on a par-5, or 3 shots on a par-6. The most common method of shooting an albatross is getting the ball in the cup in 2 shots on a par-5. To date, this is how every albatross at a Major has been achieved. The only golfer to have made more than one albatross at a Major (instantly becoming the answer to a trivia question) is Jeff Maggert.


The Masters

An albatross has been made at the Masters 4 times.

  • Gene Sarazen (1935)
  • Bruce Devlin (1967)
  • Jeff Maggert (1994)
  • Louis Oosthuizen (2012)


US Open

The US Open has seen 3 golfers make an albatross. 

  • Chen Tze-Chung (1985)
  • Shaun Micheel (2010)
  • Nick Watney (2012)


British Open

The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, is the oldest of the 4 Majors and has seen the most golfers make an albatross. However, despite being held since 1860, all but one albatross has been scored at the British Open has occurred since 1972.

  • Young Tom Morris (1870)
  • Johnny Miller (1972)
  • Bill Rogers (1983
  • Manny Zerman (2000)
  • Jeff Maggert (2001)
  • Greg Owen (2001)
  • Gary Evans (2004)
  • Paul Lawrie (2009)


PGA Championship

The PGA Championship has witnessed 3 albatrosses, all occurring within the last two decades. 

  • Darrell Kestner (1993)
  • Per-Ulrick Johansson (1995)
  • Joey Sindelar (2006)



About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.


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