Golf-Micheel records second ever U.S. Open albatross

PEBBLE BEACH, California, June 20 Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:33pm BST

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PEBBLE BEACH, California, June 20 (Reuters) - American Shaun Micheel recorded only the second ever albatross at a U.S. Open when he holed out with a three-iron at the par-five sixth hole in Sunday's final round.

The 2003 U.S. PGA Championship winner struck his second shot from 239 yards at the 523-yard, uphill hole and heard the gallery crammed behind the green roar its approval after the ball disappeared into the cup.

Taiwan's Chen Tze-Chung, popularly known as T.C. Chen, scored the first double eagle, or albatross, at the U.S. Open in the opening round of the 1985 tournament at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Chen holed out with three-wood from 256 yards at the par-five second, only to post a quadruple-bogey eight on Sunday to blow his lead and, eventually, the championship. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Ed Osmond, To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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