Collins defies 6000000/1 odds to score albatross
Greg Collins, playing in the Simpson Trophy on July 17, defied odds of 6000000/1 to hit an albatross at the thirteenth hole at West Berks Golf Club.
Collins must’ve been happy enough when he nailed his drive 280 yards down the middle of the narrow fairway at West Berks to set up a 190 yard approach with his seven iron.
Incredibly, his second shot landed on the green and rolled in so Collins celebrated that rarest of all birds, an albatross.
The odds of a club golfer achieving this feat are far greater than a hole-in-one, given that it requires two near perfect shots.
An albatross is so rare that only 18 have been scored in professional major tournaments since 1870, the most recent being Nick Watney’s at the Olympic Club in the 2012 US Open.
There are an average of three albatrosses posted on the PGA Tour annually, while the last albatross to be hit on the LPGA Tour came in 2016 when Yani Tseng holed out in Malaysia with a seven iron from 188 yards, not dissimilar to Collins effort.
Tiger Woods, the greatest golfer of his generation, has never managed an albatross, although he came within seven inches at the 2015 Phoenix Open.
Congratulations to Greg - perhaps he’ll win the lottery (14000000/1) next, although he's more likely to be struck by lightning (500000/1) than to repeat the feat.