So, my first week in Australia was pretty uneventful. Oh yea. Except I had an ALBATROSS. So here’s how it actually went down: I was on the ninth tee of the first round of the ActweAGL Canberra Classic, hitting my 3 wood. As I was changing direction at the top of my swing, my shaft snapped; I hit the top of my head with the club head, barely made contact with the ball, and proceeded to toe shank it towards a maintenance shed, whereupon I ended up losing my ball and taking a two stroke penalty. After I putted out for double bogey, I ran through the pro shop, asked them to lend me a demo 3 wood, and ran to the 10th tee to complete my round.
The next day, I struggled with my new loaner 3 wood, until I came to the final hole, an uphill par 5, with the 3 wood in hand. Although I was reluctant to hit it, I set up to the ball, and prepared to hit a low worm burner that hopefully would stay in this hemisphere. To my delight, I made contact, and watched the ball hit a few feet in front of the green and roll up. The crowd behind the green exploded in cheers, and I automatically assumed someone on the other nine had chipped in or holed out from the fairway. I walked up and frantically searched in the bunker, in the rough, under the scoreboard for my ball, when a volunteer finally shouted “it’s in the hole!” Low and behold, there was the ball, staring back at me from the hole like a smug...well...albatross.
So there you have it. My tip of the day. If you really want to turn a bad round/ bad day around, just hole out for double eagle on your last hole. It’s not an ace so you don’t have to buy anyone drinks. Right guys? ... Right?
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