Daniel Berger has yet to score a hole-in-one in competition, but Saturday on the par-5 sixth hole of the Championship Course here at Bay Hill Club & Lodge he made his second career albatross - and the first in the history of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard.
Berger, a PGA TOUR rookie, holed out from 237 yards using a 4-iron on the same hole where earlier in the day Ernie Els made an 8. His shot barely cleared the water, landed on the fringe and rolled straight in. His round also included an eagle at the par-5 16th as he shot a 4- under 68 for 7-under 209.
"[I should] keep playing par-5s," joked Berger, 21, who also made the rare 3-under-par score during an AJGA event. "That's what you're trying to do: make it from the fairway.
"It was right on that borderline between going for it and not going for it," he continued. "Little bit on the downhill lie. I hit a big iron. I flushed it. It landed perfect, and I didn't see it go in, but the way the crowd reacted I figured it was either in or close. When I got up there it was pretty cool to pick the ball up out of hole."
A former Palmer Cup player, Berger nearly won his first PGA TOUR event three weeks ago at the Honda Classic, but fell in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. Now he's making more news.
"It was special, especially over here, Mr. Palmer's event," said Berger, who gave the ball to a kid in the gallery. "It was just a lot of fun today. "I'm in history now - part of history."
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