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What Is An Eagle In Golf? Scoring Term + History

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What is an Eagle in golf?

When playing golf, an Eagle occurs when a golfer scores two strokes under par for a given hole. 

Examples of an Eagle are:

  • One stroke on a par three (AKA a hole in one!)
  • Two strokes on a par four
  • Three strokes on a par five

Eagles are a challenging feat to achieve in golf. They usually only happen on par-five holes, with Eagles on par threes being very rare.

But why is it called an Eagle?

Well, to understand this, you need to know about a birdie. A birdie is a term that was used before eagle. It occurs when a player scores one show below par on a given hole.

So it’s called an Eagle because it’s a better score than a birdie. Therefore it’s a bigger and ‘better’ bird!

Also, one thing to note is that an Albatros is when a golfer scores three shots under par. Another kind of bird! It is sometimes referred to as a Double Eagle.

How rare is it to get an Eagle in golf?

For a professional golfer, the likeliness of a hole in one is around 3,000 to 1. For an average golfer, this is 12,000 to 1.

This means that an Eagle is very rare in golf. You are more likely not to get one than to get one in any given year.

So sorry, golfers, you might never get one at all!

Who has the most Eagles?

Since 1980, the golfer with the most Eagles is Carlos Franco. He made 22 Eagles in a single season. This is super impressive. Only five golfers have ever made more than 20 in a single season.

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