The early vote for Shot of the Year goes to the 266-yard three-wood that Blair Gibson hit off the hood of a Honda Odyssey minivan and onto the 18th green during a practice round at Weston Hills Country Club on March 7 before the Honda Classic. The van was on a platform floating in a lake in front of the green, and Gibson's ball landed 12 feet from the hole. He made the putt for eagle 3.
"We thought we were filming a McDonald's commercial or something," Gibson told the Miami Herald. "You know, over the water, off the van, onto the green, one-putt for eagle."
Gibson, a golf instructor at The Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood, Fla., qualified for the main tournament by finishing in the top four in a tournament for South Florida PGA Section members. In the Honda he made a par-5 and a bogey 6 on the hole, shooting rounds of 78-78 to miss the cut. "I wish I could have made the shot on Thursday and Friday," Gibson said from his home in Coral Springs, Fla. "That would have been nice."
A Beastly Creation
With a slope rating of 146 and a course rating of 75.7, the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., is one of America's best and hardest new golf courses. The layout was too much for Greg Norman, who designed it with Pete Dye. During a Shell's Wonderful World of Golf match taped on March 6, the Shark shot 76 with a triple-bogey 6 on the 16th hole and lost to Nick Price's 72.