Discover Golf : December 2016
Scott Hend secured the prestigious Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown at the season-ending UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday, becoming the first Australian to win the title and the fourth player to surpass US$1 million in earnings during a season. The 43-year-old Hend won twice at the True Thailand Classic and Queen’s Cup, also in Thailand, and finished top-10 on three other occasions including a runner-up outing at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland during a memorable 2016 campaign. ‘It’s quite special. Obviously winning any Order of Merit anywhere is very special, and this will stay with me forever,’ said Hend after he carded a closing four- over-par 74 on Sunday, to increase his season haul to US$1,004,792. ‘It’s just a culmination of a lot of years on the Asian Tour and coming so close and not getting over the line; it’s finally nice to reach the top and grab the trophy.’ In what is his 10th season on the Asian Tour, Hend has capped a truly impressive career on the region’s premier circuit with nine victories. He also finished runner- up on the Order of Merit twice in 2013 and 2014 and was fourth on three other occasions in 2007, 2009 and 2014, indicating his consistency in his game. Despite his success, he vowed to work even harder to keep up his success rate. Hend said: ‘I’m going to restart in Abu Dhabi. I’ve got four weeks off. I’ve got to get in the gym for four weeks and try to strengthen these old muscles and get them firing again.’ 29 discovergolf.com.au PROFILE news FROM THE GOLFING WORLD Scott Hend Tops Asian Tour Order of Merit Report & image courtesy of PGA of Australia.