At the end of his 36 holes, Ernie Els stopped off at the Press Centre to present three Omega Double Eagle Trophies. Any professional golfer playing on one of the world's six major PGA tours who scores a Double Eagle (also known as an albatross) is presented with the Omega watch that takes its name from this unique achievement: the Constellation Double Eagle chronometer (retail value 3,550 Swiss francs).
One of the lucky recipients, England's Matthew Cort, was the latest professional golfer to receive the trophy, having scored his double eagle on the first hole of his second round the very same morning. The other two winners were South Africans Martin Maritz and Tich Moore, who both scored their double eagles in South Africa earlier this year.
The watch is turned into a "trophy" by personalising it with the golfer's name and the date he scored his double eagle engraved on the watch's self-winding rotor, which is visible behind a transparent sapphire-crystal case back. Since the introduction of the Double Eagle Trophy at the OMEGA European Masters in September 2003, the following golfers have seen their brilliant shots rewarded with a Double Eagle chronometer:
South African Leonard Loxton scored his double eagle on the 13th hole in the second round of the Stanbic Zambia Open at the Lusaka golf course on 12th March 2004. His 173-metre 8-iron shot flew straight into the hole. Loxton went on to finish second in the tournament.
On 19th February 2004 "Tich" Moore scored a double eagle on the second hole during his first round at the Tour Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.
The English Ryder Cup player secured his double eagle with his 224 yard four iron second shot at the ninth hole on Saturday 27 September 2003 during the dunhill links championship at Kingsbarns in Scotland. This was his final shot in a course record-breaking third round of 62. That stroke, which catapulted Westwood into a 54-hole lead which he did not relinquish, was voted by a panel comprising The European Tour and the golfing media as the best played by a European Tour Member during the month of September.
In April 2004, Englishman Kevin Earp scored a hole-in-one the par-4 second during the third round of the Sky Sports East Lothian Masters in Scotland.
US pro Bob Jacobson holed a double eagle during the Southern California Open, on the A G Spanos Tour in June 2004.
Painting, a professional golfer from Zimbabwe, carded his double eagle during the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Zimbali in June 2004.
South African Trevor Fisher also holed a double eagle during the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Zimbali in June 2004.
Englishman Gary Evans scored his double eagle early on during the prestigious Open Championship in 2004, on the fourth hole of his first round.
South African Maritz scored his double eagle on hole number 3 in the second round of the Barclays Scottish Open in July 2004.
England's Matthew Cort scored his double eagle on the first hole of the Severiano Ballesteros course in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, during the second round of the 2004 Omega European Masters in September 2004.
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