If you think Shaun Micheel's PGA-clinching seven-iron was, hands down, the shot of the year, you didn't see Scott Hend's Tour-card-clinching drive at the end of his fifth round at Q school. The 30-year-old Hend, who has Popeye forearms and is as long as John Daly, nailed one of the gutsiest shots I've seen in my three decades as a Tour player and a teacher, and he did it in golf's most pressure-packed situation. Standing on the tee of his final hole of the day, a 400-yard par-4 with a sharp dogleg to the left and a lake between him and the green, Hend was eight under par and barely among the top 30, the cutoff point for Tour qualification. Q schoolers on the bubble usually play defensively, a strategy that often leads to costly errors. Hend, though, stuck to his aggressive game plan (for the week he tied for second in birdies, with 31) and eschewed the safe play. Instead of laying up to the right of the water (yellow line above), he went for the green with his driver (redline). None of the other 164 players had tried to drive the green that day, but Hend easily carried the water. His ball flew 325 yards, landed on the green and rolled to the back fringe. From there he two-putted for an easy birdie. His momentum carried over to the sixth and final round, in which he shot a 72 to finish 21st.