NO JOKE AS HEND WINS

Singapore, April 1: It may be April’s Fool day but it’s not a joke when Australia’s Scott Hend said that he was feeling at the top of the world and right at home on the Asian Tour following his third victory on the region’s premier Tour last weekend.The big-hitting Australian dug deep and launched a spectacul...
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NO JOKE AS HEND WINS

 

 

Singapore, April 1: It may be April’s Fool day but it’s not a joke when Australia’s Scott Hend said that he was feeling at the top of the world and right at home on the Asian Tour following his third victory on the region’s premier Tour last weekend.

The big-hitting Australian dug deep and launched a spectacular comeback by overcoming a six-shot deficit on the final day to win the Chiangmai Golf Classic.

Hend’s victory was worth US$135,000 and it propelled him to third place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with his season haul of US$207,915.

“This win is fantastic. I played great at Avantha Masters (India) and didn’t finish the job. I missed the cut in Malaysia so to come back and shoot 20-under sort of helps you believe in yourself that you still got the game and can hole the putts,” said the 39-year-old Australian.

With the Asian Tour celebrating its 10th season this year, Hend, who earned his Tour card at Qualifying School in 2006, is indebted to the Tour which has brought his much success.

“The Asian Tour has been a fantastic place for me to be in. This is the Tour in the region and in my eyes it is the only Tour in the region,” said Hend.

“It is a fantastic breeding ground of the young players and the middle aged players such as myself. Everyone wants to come out and forge a good living and play in good tournaments and try to move to the next level. This is a great place to be and a place to play on,” added the Australian.

Having been away since the season-opening event in Myanmar, Hend is now looking forward to a reunion with his family before resuming his search for more glory on the Asian Tour.

“I want to go back to see my two six-year-olds and my wife. I haven’t seen them since January. For the rest of the year hopefully I win another one or two titles on the Asian Tour. I’m trying to qualify for the CIMB and HSBC events so this is a good start for that,” said Hend.

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who finished tied-fifth at the Chiangmai Golf Classic, continues to stay atop the rankings on US$615,535 while India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar is in second place on US$269, 066.

South African newcomer Bryce Easton, playing in his first Asian Tour event, leaped into seventh place following his runner-up finish in Chiangmai.

The Asian Tour will return to India for the third time in two months for the third edition of the US$300,000 Panasonic Open India this week.

Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos Player Earnings (US$)
1 Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) $616,535.00
2 Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) $269,066.43
3 Scott HEND (AUS) $207,915.00
4 LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) $175,909.00
5 BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) $145,303.50
6 Anirban LAHIRI (IND) $83,849.50
7 Bryce EASTON (RSA) $82,500.00
8 Joonas GRANBERG (FIN) $80,812.83
9 Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) $70,971.00
10 KIM Gi-whan (KOR) $60,617.50
11 Mithun PERERA (SRI) $59,227.33
12 Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) $58,305.00
13 Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) $57,721.25
14 SIDDIKUR (BAN) $57,510.62
15 Berry HENSON (USA) $56,626.50
16 Prom MEESAWAT (THA) $55,201.86
17 Himmat RAI (IND) $53,300.00
18 Shiv KAPUR (IND) $50,842.86
19 Rashid KHAN (IND) $49,146.00
20 Jbe KRUGER (RSA) $47,605.00

Ends.

About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.

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