Last Updated on September 27, 2022
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An albatross (sometimes known as a double eagle) is the name given to a score in golf which is three under par for the hole in question. In the majority of cases, this is achieved when a player reaches a par 5 hole in just two shots, although it could also refer to a player scoring a hole in one on a par 4 hole. Theoretically possible but actually extremely rare is also the occurrence of a player reaching a par 6 hole in 3 shots. Our golf betting strategy guide is designed to teach you more about golf and how to bet it successfully.
The fact that an albatross is a very rare score for even a top golfer to achieve means it would take an extremely brave – or reckless – bettor to place a bet on one being scored during the course of a round or championship. According to the official statistics, between 1935 and the present day only 18 male players have scored an albatross in a major championship, and 4 women. Aside from that, they have been scored a handful of times in the World Golf Championship, the Players Championship and the BMW PGA Championship.
Anyone determined to place a bet on the likelihood of an albatross being scored by an individual player would be advised to pay particular attention to the courses on which a particular championship are being played, the presence of par 5 holes which traditionally encourage lower scoring, and the form and fitness of the player themselves. It may be possible to find an online bookmaker willing to take bets on a spread of the number of albatross scores likely across a given number of championships, such as the 4 major championships – The Masters, The US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship – in which case the safest choice would doubtless be to choose a lower rather than higher number.