Former Detroit Red Wings player Mike Modano holed out from 205 yards on a par-5 18th hole to record the first double-eagle in the history of the American Century celebrity tournament.
Modano is tied for the first-round lead with former major league pitcher John Smoltz with 25 points. The tournament uses the modified Stableford scoring system, which awards points based on the performance on each hole. The final two rounds are being broadcast live by NBC at 2:30 ET Saturday and Sunday.
Michigan native Modano, a regular at this tournament, received 10 points for his two on the 18th.
“I can’t believe it! I can’t believe it!” Modano told the Associated Press. “My eyesight is shot at 51. So I’m, like, ‘I can’t see things halfway off the club.? (Playing partner T.J. Oshie) went crazy. And some people over by the side went nuts. I was like, man, `That may have went in.? So, pretty cool.”
The legend of Mike Modano continues… a DOUBLE EAGLE. pic.twitter.com/eqxigtV7r6
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Modano picked up nine points in his first 15 holes on nine pars. He then added 16 points on the final three holes with birdies on the par-5 16th and the par-3 17th and then the albatross on the 18th. Using conventional scoring, Modano shot a one-over par 73.