Jacobson Wins Shot of the Year Award

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Fredrik Jacobson has won The Royal Bank of Scotland Shot of the Year Award for the outstanding stroke he played at the final hole of the Volvo Masters Andalucia at Club de Golf Valderrama this season.

Jacobson struck a 152-yard 9-iron to within 18 inches of the hole to force a play-off with Spains Carlos Rodiles, which he subsequently won at the fourth extra hole. The shot earns him a Waterford Crystal Trophy and a 2,000-pound ($3,524) check to be donated to a charity of his choice.

The stroke, which helped earn Jacobson his third title of the year, was voted by a panel comprising The European Tour and the golfing media as the best played by a European Tour member during the 2003 season.
 
Timing is everything, Jacobsen said in the European Tour website. When I teed off at the last hole at Valderrama, I knew I had to do two things ' hit a perfect tee shot and an even better second. I felt a birdie was my only chance to tie Carlos and wanted to get the ball as close to the hole as possible to put pressure on him. I didnt expect it to land less than two feet away. It was a great feeling.

I never thought the tournament was over, even though Carlos was two ahead playing the last. I left the driver in my bag and made sure of hitting the fairway with my 3-wood. Everything went perfectly after that and I was thrilled to go on and win the title. Of my three titles in 2003, winning the Volvo Masters Andalucia is the highlight.

Jacobsons shot was one of 11 monthly award winners considered by the panel during the period from the BMW Asian Open, which launched The 2003 European Tour International Schedule, to the Volvo Masters Andalucia. The Swede, in fact, was the only player with two shots in contention for the award, having won The Royal Bank of Scotland Shot of the Month in both April and October.

Runner-up was Lee Westwoods remarkable 224-yard 4-iron for a double-eagle two at Kingsbarns, which contributed hugely to the Englishmans subsequent victory in the Dunhill Links championship and won the September award.

Third was the 180-yard wedge played by Trevor Immelman at the final hole of the South African Airways Open, which helped the South African into a playoff where he beat defending champion and fellow countryman Tim Clark.