An Albatross is a very rare bird and three under Par is a very rare score and, and now three under Par on a single hole is generally referred to an “Albatross”. However nobody knows exactly when the term was coined and it appears to be quite recent. As late as April of 1935, a day after making an albatross on the par-5 15th hole at Augusta in the Masters, Gene Sarazen referred to his shot as a “dodo”. Ab Smith said that his group used the phrase ‘double eagle’ for a three under score for a single hole.
Watch this compilation of some golfers scoring the rare albatross.
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