x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Evans' bizarre feat in Dubai

Keith Evans produced a feat last weekend which he believes is unique in the world of amateur golf by making par, birdie, eagle and albatross on the four par-five holes in the same round.

DUBAI // Keith Evans produced a feat last weekend which he believes is unique in the world of amateur golf by making par, birdie, eagle and albatross on the four par-five holes in the same round. The Dubai-based engineer, who plays off a handicap of five, put together the quirky sequence of figures in in a better ball round at Arabian Ranches and reflected: "It was bizarre. I've never heard of it happening before in many years as a golfer."

The albatross, an extremely rare bird even in the professional ranks, came on the eighth, the first of the long holes that Evans encountered, having started his shotgun round at the fourth. A 300-yard drive left him with 225 yards to go and he nailed a three wood perfectly to discover on arrival at the green that his ball had disappeared. "I knew it was close, but not that close," he reflected. Then came the slightly shorter 13th where he needed a five wood to get up in two. He duly found the green and holed out for eagle.

After that there was the massive anti-climax of a routine par on the 16th but he was back in business on his penultimate hole, the third on the card, as he completed the set with a solid birdie. "I also had a bogey and a double bogey on my way round, so I suppose I went right through the range," added Evans, 44, originally from Birmingham, England. @Email:wjohnson@thenational.ae