AUSTRALIAN golfer Scott Hend has won his second Venetian Macao Open in three years with a three shot victory over the Indian pair of Anirban Lahiri and Chirag Kumar.
Hend was also runner up last year and as proof of his continued success on the Asian Tour will be defending his Hong Kong Open title this week.
Hend’s bogey free final round 5-under 66 at the Macau Golf and Country Club saw him become only the second player after China’s Zhang Lian-wei to win twice at the US$1 million event. His 20-under-par 264 was a tournament record.
“I feel relieve and rewarded as I’ve worked hard the last few weeks in Europe,” the 42 year old said.
“I knew Anirban wasn’t going to go away. He’s a great player and I just went out there with the aim to shoot a good score as I knew they had to catch me. I can’t really remember much about [my win in] 2013. I remember more about last year where I didn’t play solid down the stretch and Anirban got me. So this year, it is a different feeling.”
“I just tried to make the right choices and not put any pressure on myself and let Anirban have a sniff. I was concerned about Anirban as once he gets a sniff it’s pretty hard to get in front of him.”
Hend has all but guaranteed a place in the US PGA TOUR’S CIMB Classic in Malaysia and in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China event in coming weeks.
New South Welshman Sam Brazel continued his progress on the Asian Tour when he finished in a share of 8th position.
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Adam Scott 7th at 2015 Japan Open
In his first strokeplay event in sex weeks Adam Scott finished seventh at the Japan Open at the Rokko Kokusai Golf Club’s East Course near Kobe in southern Honshu.
The event was won by 26 year old Satoshi Kodaira with a one shot victory over defending champion Yuta Ikeda.
Adam Bland was the next best of the Aussies finishing tied 12th with Won Joon Lee 15th, Brendan Jones 31st, Brad Kennedy 35th and former champion Paul Sheehan 57th.