The pennant prevents Dustin Johnson from scoring a rare point with the probability of hitting 1 in 6 million shots in the 3rd, par5 second round of the CJ Cup of the PGA Tour on October 15.

Hole 3 is 605 yards long. Johnson hit 322 yards to the left of the fairway, using a wooden club for the second shot. The ball hit the green, after three bounces it rolled into the hole but bounced back because it hit the flagpole.

After the collision, Johnson had to eagle 12 cm from the hole.

If the ball enters the previous shot, Johnson scores an albatross. According to the Double Eagle Club (DEC), which tracks albatross in the US, the probability of this score is at 1/6,000,000 shots. The DEC has counted 89 albatross on the PGA Tour since 1974, including the first round of qualifiers including Robert Garrigus’ last shot at the Barbasol Championship three months ago.

After missing the albatross, Johnson added six birdies, two bogeys and closed the second round 66 strokes, up 18 places to T55 with a score of -4. On the first day, he hit 74 strokes.

Johnson got off to a bad start at this year's CJ Cup.  Photo: AFP

Johnson got off to a bad start at this year’s CJ Cup. Photo: AFP

CJ Cup 2021 will be held on the par72 course at Summit Golf Club in Las Vegas, with 78 competitors competing for a prize fund of 9.75 million USD. Prize does not cut type.

Over the past 14 years, Johnson has won 24 PGA Tour cups, including both majors – US Open 2016 and Masters 2020. He received approximately $72.6 million from 242 events in the US First-class golf arena, accumulating 135 weeks at the top of the table. World Professional Men’s Golfer (OWGR). In terms of time holding the world number one, he is third, behind Greg Norman with 331 weeks and Tiger Woods holds the record 683 weeks.

Last month, Johnson became the fifth player to achieve a five-match winning streak in Ryder Cup history since 1927. But the American golfer born in 1984 is thirsty for the title after holding the Masters in November 2020. For the past three months, he’s placed second in the OWGR and Jon Rahm is at the top.

Albatross is the equivalent of a hole-in-one on a par4 hole, or two strokes on a par5 hole. Most hole-in-ones happen on par3 holes. The probability of a hole-in-one par3 hole at the professional level is at 1 in 3,000 shots, at the average amateur level is 1/12,000, according to the National HIO Registry, USA.

In golf, birds are used to show performance below par (the standard number of strokes of the hole) including birdies for -1 (under par par), eagle for -2, albatross for -3, condor for -4 ( equivalent to a hole-in-one par5 hole. The DEC reasoned that the deeper the negative point, the larger the bird’s size and thus its rarity.

The website golf.co.uk lists four condors recorded between 1962 and 2007. Condors are so rare that there are no doors for international betting companies.

In biology, albatross is a large albatross species that lives in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean. Their adult wingspan can be up to 3.7 meters – the widest of any known bird. The International Union for Conservation of Nature recognizes 22 strains of albatross and all are on the survival alert scale.

The condor is an endangered head and neck vulture. They mainly live in South America and the state of California. With a wingspan of at least three meters. It is the largest and largest flight of land birds in the Western Hemisphere.

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