ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Berger got into the record book at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with the first albatross in Bay Hill history, holing a 4-iron from 237 yards on the par-5 sixth hole Saturday.
Berger’s second shot narrowly cleared the rocks that separate the green from the lake. It landed near the fringe and trickled into the cup for a 2.
“I hit a big iron,” said Berger, the 21-year-old rookie who lost in a playoff at the Honda Classic at the start of the Florida swing. “I flushed it. It landed perfect, and I didn’t see it go in, but the way the crowd reacted I figured it was either in or close. When I got up there, it was pretty cool to pick the ball up out of the hole.”
And where is the ball now?
“I threw it to a little kid in the crowd,” Berger said after a 4-under 68. “Maybe it made his day. He may not know who I am, but it’s fine.”
The Arnold Palmer Invitational has been at Bay Hill since 1979, and the PGA Tour said no one ever made a 2 on a par 5.
For Berger, he hit for the cycle on the par 5s. He made a 2 on the sixth hole, an eagle on the 16th hole, a birdie on the 12th hole and a par on the fourth hole.
“All I was missing was a 1,” he said. “Probably wasn’t going to happen on a par 5.”
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— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 21, 2015