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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 138
GOLF fans were doubly treated to golf's rarest of shots on the weekend, right before our ears were doubly mistreated by those who literally call the shots. I'm referring to two albatrosses scored at The Arnold Palmer Invitational – the first one in the tournament's history by Daniel Berger on Saturday, then another one by Zach Johnson on Sunday. Outstanding golf shots, the pair of them. Then came the term that makes my blood boil: 'double-eagle'. Like waiting for a train at the station, I knew it was coming – just didn't know when it would be. And then there it was. Double-bloody-eagle. Both times. Different commenators. Both American. You could feel Nick Faldo – also in the CBS commentary booth at the time – cringing at the term. Yet what outside of the USA is known only as an albatross is continually referred to by American golf commentators in this way. No one seems to know why that is, or where the inane term first came from, but being an Americanism we're unlikely to shake it off any time soon. The term makes about as much sense as a Jacqui Lambie endorsed Clive Palmer speech (incidentally, if seen together, would we refer to them as a double moron? Just asking). Let's apply some logic to this argument for a second. Suppose we were willing to accept the term 'double eagle', surely with an eagle being two shots under par on a hole, a double eagle must be four-under, you know, being double and all. Nup. Too logical. Too correct. Let's make it three-under on a hole just to confuse anybody who passed second grade. Oh 'Murica. What have you done? Of course, I'm not the only one getting up on my vertically gifted equine beast when it comes to a single albatross. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington summed it up beautifully back in 2013. "There's no such thing in life as a double eagle. Is there? Two eagles side by side are two eagles, not a double eagle." "You don't refer to animals ... 'Oh, I just saw a double elephant over there.' There's no doubting what it is. It's an albatross," Harrington said with justified indignance. Hunter Mahan, who carded an albatross at the 2007 Players Championship, also thinks his nation should step back in line with the rest of world golf: "That's American mathematics for you," Mahan said. "That's why we're 40th in the world or whatever. I think albatross sounds cool." You're right Hunter, It does sound cool. Even more importantly, it's also correct. OTG the VIEW GIVE DOUBLE EAGLE THE BIRD SURELY IT IS TIME WE DISPENSED WITH 'DOUBLE EAGLE' ONCE AND FOR ALL. LET'S CALL AN ALBATROSS AN ALBATROSS. with Damian Shutie OTG editor-in-chief FLIP IT & RIP IT. TM Introducing our first-ever front-to-back FLIPZONETM adjustable weight technology. Flip the weight forward for a penetrating ball flight that generates more roll. Or, flip it back for a towering flight path and carry those hazards that used to get in your head. Its two settings deliver the perfect distance and trajectory for your swing. GAME CHANGED Find which setting is right for your game at cobragolf.com.au/fly-z
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