Albatross at Masters shot of the year

Tue, Jan 15, 2013, 00:00

European Tour:Louis Oosthuizen has another victory to celebrate the day after he won the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban – his albatross at the US Masters last April has been named the European Tour Shot of the Year.

The first two in Masters history at Augusta’s par-five second hole came when the South African holed his 253-yard four-iron after it pitched at the front of the green before rolling across the contours and in.

He narrowly beat Justin Rose’s 45-foot birdie putt across the 17th green in his match against American Phil Mickelson on the final day of the Ryder Cup,

“It has to be the most memorable shot of my career so far,” Oosthuizen said.

“To have an albatross is rare enough, but to have one in the final round at Augusta when you’re in contention to win The Masters was very special and something I’ll always remember when I look back on my career.

“I knew the shot was good as soon as I’d hit it, but I didn’t know just how good until I heard the cheers from the people behind the green.

“Augusta is really known for its Sunday roars, so to hear the noise when the ball dropped into the hole was a great feeling.”

It took him into the lead, but he went on to lose a play-off to Bubba Watson.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t quite finish the job off in the afternoon, but winning the European Tour Shot of the Year is some consolation.”

US Tour:American Russell Henley, remarkably unflappable for a PGA Tour rookie, became the youngest champion at the Sony Open in Hawaii when he won his maiden title on the US circuit in record style by three shots on Sunday.

Aged just 23, the fresh-faced Web.comTour graduate displayed ice-cool nerves as he stormed home with five consecutive birdies to fire a seven-under-par 63 on the tree-lined layout at Waialae Country Club.

Co-leader overnight with fellow rookie and good friend Scott Langley, Henley mixed eight birdies with a lone bogey to post a record 24-under total of 256 in the PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the season.

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