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Two consecutive holes in one at the US Senior Open Championship

Surely, the most unlikely golf story of all time…

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Frank Bensel Jr. posa con el cartel que acredita que ha hecho historia en Newport este viernes.
Frank Bensel Jr. posa con el cartel que acredita que ha hecho historia en Newport este viernes.

Do you think that two consecutive holes in one have ever been made in history? If it ever happened, who would you bet on and on which course do you think it could be done? Off the top of our heads, we would all think of a more or less easy scenario and with a top-level player. Well, quite the opposite. How incredible sport can be, and more specifically, golf.

It happened this Friday at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, a historic golf venue in the United States, as it was the first course to host the US Open. That’s where the US Open is being played, precisely in its senior version, so it’s not exactly an easy tournament. And the author of the feat is called Frank Bensel Jr., a club professional who has qualified for the tournament through the preliminaries. In short, a golfer who does not dedicate his life to competing, but to teaching.

Bensel Jr. has made two consecutive holes in one today in the second round of the US Senior Open on holes 4 and 5, two consecutive par 3s that are part of the peculiar itinerary of this course inaugurated in 1894, designed by Willie Davis in the first nine and Donald Ross in the second. In 1923 it was rebuilt by the famous A.W. Thillinghast.

This means that Bensel Jr. has gone from being +1 on the day to being -3 in a flash. In just two strokes. Spectacular. However, the course has caught up with him with a triple trajectory. He made four consecutive bogeys and another three in the second nine and missed the cut by a lot.

Unlikely things that have happened to be able to write this story:

– That a course has two consecutive par 3s

– That two consecutive holes in one are made

– That it is achieved in a US Open (even if it is Senior)

– That it is signed by a club professional, a teacher

– That the cut is missed after making two holes in one

– Make more holes in one (two) than birdies in 36 holes (1)

The national hole-in-one registry in the United States has calculated that the odds of making a hole in one are one in 67 million. Of course, making two in a row is not even part of a scientific study.

By the way, among others, the following compete in this US Senior Open: Steve Stricker, who is leading at the time of writing this story, Thomas Bjorn, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrintgon, Lee Westwood, Richard Bland, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer and, of course, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who has to fight today to make the cut.

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