ORLANDO, Fla. – Daniel Berger recorded the first albatross in Bay Hill history on Saturday. On Sunday, Zach Johnson added the second in two days.
Johnson holed out his 5-iron second shot from 206 yards at the par-5 16th hole on Sunday. A day earlier Berger used a 4-iron from 237 yards.
“I was 5 to 8 yards left of my target,” said Johnson, who finished with a 66 to move into the top 10 at 12 under. “I’m trying to use the bank and let it go down in there, right of the pin. I hit it good.”
The albatross moved Johnson to within four strokes of the lead, but he followed that with consecutive bogeys to finish his day.
“I have to work on my game post-albatross. It’s something to look at in the off-season,” he joked.
It marked just the sixth time since 1983 two albatross’ were recorded in the same stroke-play event on Tour.
From 2007 to ’09, officials at Bay Hill converted No. 16 to a par 4 – with a cumulative 4.388 scoring average – and two out of those three years the 16th ranked among the Tour’s top 50 toughest holes for the season. Through 3 1/2 rounds this week the hole is playing to a 4.302 scoring average.
“It’s irrelevant. To me, it’s like when we play the U.S. Open, they make [par] 5s [par] 4s and it’s just a number,” Johnson said.