LIU FLYING HIGH AFTER FIRST ALBATROSS ON OCT
China’s Liu Junfeng produced a career best shot when he holed his second on the par-five seventh in the Sofitel Golf Championship at Zhongshan International Golf Club on Saturday, for the first ever double eagle on the Omega China Tour.
The little-known golfer put his name in the record books after sinking a three wood from 256 yards on the 543-yard hole.
As well as making history Liu also won an Omega Constellation Double Eagle Chronometer – an expensive time piece which the famous Swiss watch manufacturer have awarded to professionals worldwide who have achieved the remarkable feat.
“I couldn’t see where the ball finished after I hit my second shot. When we reached the green we were trying to find my ball. I had a quick look in the hole and was shocked to see it. I punched the air as I was so excited,” said Liu, who turned professional in 2005 and comes from Henan Province.
The Omega watch is valued at RMB27,000 (approx US$3,500) and acts as a wonderful early birthday present for Liu, who turns 26 on May 27.
Liu’s sensational shot also meant that the Tour, which was inaugurated in 2005, has witnessed its first albatross before a hole in one.
The Chinese golfer finished with a level-par 72 in the third round of the US$100,000 tournament to lie at eight over par.