Barnes Wallace to the Rescue

The same year as Hinkle's famous pine tree incident at the U.S. Open, he won the World Series of Golf at Firestone Country Club by hitting another very creative shot. Trapped in the trees to the right of the 16th hole, Hinkle faced a pond between him and the green. Due to overhanging branches, he could not play a normal approach shot and playing safe would almost certainly cost him a stroke and the tournament. He borrowed the solution from Barnes Wallace, the inventor of a bomb that bounced on the surface of a lake on its way to the target, and made famous in the 1960 movie, “The Dambusters.” Taking a straight-faced iron, Hinkle fired a shot that skipped across the pond and onto the green, saving par and winning the tournament.