It’s the rarest shot in golf, far more exceptional than an ace and, on the whole, requiring much greater skill. Early on Friday afternoon during the opening round of the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout at Mystic Creek Golf Club, 25-year-old Sierra Sims holed a 5-wood from 208 yards on the par-5 18th for an albatross, a double-eagle two, a score few ever witness much less have on their own.
“I aimed about 10 yards right of the pin and really just wanted to get it on the green since it was a reasonably long shot and that’s a hard green to hit,” the Wake Forest alumna said. “The ball was tracking. It hit about 6 feet in front of the pin. The people behind the green saw that it was going to go in. I was like, ‘what?’ because it’s so rare. It was awesome.”
It was Sims’ last shot of the day and it put an exclamation point in a round that had its ups and downs. She shot 74 and had two double bogeys, three bogeys, two birdies and a two on the par-5 last.
“It was an amazing way to end,” Sims said. “It’s a tough course, so that definitely boosted me. I’m much happier with my score after that double-eagle. I’ve had three aces but that’s my first double-eagle.”