One of the countless benefits of being a professional golfer is that when one of them tells a story of a seemingly unbelievable on-course accomplishment, they are believed even in the absence of evidence.
When co-worker Jim boasts at the water cooler about his 350-yard drive that led to a tap-in eagle at the local course, our reaction is “Surrrrrrre you did….”. When the world’s No. 23 ranked golfer makes an outrageous claim, on the other hand, the reaction is pure amazement.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton, one of the European Tour’s up-and-coming stars, has no history of lying about his game, so we are inclined to believe him when he says he holed out for albatross and a hole-in-one on back to back holes, although we might still hold a sliver of skepticism.
- No Video Proof: In a practice round on Monday, Tyrell Hatton said on twitter than he hit the first albatross of his life, a long 4-iron, and then sank a hole-in-one on the very next hole, which he says he did with an 8-iron. While there is no video of the two shots, Hatton was not alone, and his playing partners corroborate his story. One of them did take a video of Hatton’s reaction as he picked the ball up out of the hole after one of the shots.
- PGA Tour Rookie: Tyrrell Hatton is considered a rookie on the PGA Tour this year, where he has special membership, but he plays most of his golf on the European Tour.
- Major Impression: Hatton finished in the top 10 of consecutive majors last year, posting T5 at the Open Championship, and then T10 at the PGA Championship. He has struggled at the majors this year, however, missing the cut in both that have been played so far, including an abysmal 80-78 at The Masters.
The Tweet and Reaction Video
Don't think il ever do this again….
Holed a 4 iron, first ever albatross, next hole par 3, holed my 8 iron.
Back to back hole outs ???
— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 10, 2017