April 8 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Louis Oosthuizen made history Sunday when he became the first player to make a double eagle on the par-5 second hole at Augusta National. It also gave him the lead at 10 under.
There were 19,809 rounds played at the second, named Pink Dogwood, before the historic feat.
Using a 4-iron on the 575-yard hole the South African slung his shot onto the green from 253 yards, watched it take a couple of hops and roll into the back right hole location. Afterward, Oosthuizen tossed the ball into the crowd.
The patron who caught it, has since given the ball to Augusta National Golf Club, officials confirmed.
It was just the fourth double eagle in tournament history (see chart) and the first since Jeff Maggert made one from 222 yards on the par-5 13th with a 3-iron.
The auction house Green Jacket Auctions said Sunday that if Oosthuizen wins, it would offer $20,000 for the double eagle ball.
The most famous double eagle here came from Gene Sarazen in 1935 when he hit the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” using a 4-wood from 235 yards on the 15th hole. The Sarazen Bridge stands in his honor. He went on to win the tournament, defeating Fred Wood in a 36-hole playoff.
Oosthuizen’s double eagle came 77 years and one day after Sarazen’s did.
With the shot, Oosthuizen wins a large crystal bowl -- and could end up winning his first Green Jacket.
History of double eagles in the Masters
|Gene Sarazen||1935||Fourth||15th||235 yards||4-wood|
|Bruce Devlin||1967||First||8th||248 yards||4-wood|
|Jeff Maggert||1994||Fourth||13th||222 yards||3-iron|
|Louis Oosthuizen||2012||Fourth||2nd||253 yards||4-iron|