Sentosa, Singapore, September 11: It was a case of so close but yet so far again for Scott Hend at the Omega European Masters.
The big-hitting Australian was defeated in a play-off for the second consecutive year, this time losing to Matthew Fitzpatrick on the third extra hole at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club. Last year, he fell short against Alex Noren of Sweden, also in extra time.
In the agony of defeat, Hend can still hold his head high as the runner-up finish propelled him to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit, an accolade which he won last year. He is now in the running to become only the second player after Jeev Milkha Singh of India to win back-to-back Order of Merit crowns.
“I had the opportunity and I didn’t take it. It’s just what happens when you don’t take your opportunities. I would love to putt the same way I did in the play-off but it didn’t happen. Fitzpatrick played great to win. He’s a good champion,” said Hend.
With his second place result, Hend also booked a spot in the US$7 million CIMB Classic from October 12 to 15 in Malaysia. He finished tied seventh in the showpiece sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour last year.
He is also in the running to qualify US$9.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions from October 26 to 29 if he stays inside the top-four of the Asian Tour Order of Merit as of October 16.
Hend won US$354,714 for his finish in Crans to move 27 ranks on the Order of Merit where he leads with earnings of US$416,929. He overtook David Lipsky of the United States, who trails in second place on US$362,183.
S.S.P. Chawrasia of India sits in third place on US$312,353 while Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai (US$273,152) and Gavin Green of Malaysia (US$250,885) are in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos. Player Order of Merit (US$)
1. Scott HEND (AUS) $416,929
2. David LIPSKY (USA) $362,183
3. S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) $312,353
4. Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) $273,152
5. Gavin GREEN (MAS) $250,885
6. Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) $243,578
7. Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) $237,715
8. Jason NORRIS (AUS) $195,421
9. Carlos PIGEM (ESP) $192,413
10. Todd SINNOTT (AUS) $179,545
11. Shiv KAPUR (IND) $171,365
12. Anirban LAHIRI (IND) $145,150
13. Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) $140,512
14. Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) $139,074
15. Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) $138,860
16. Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) $132,422
17. Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) $128,988
18. Nicholas FUNG (MAS) $124,737
19. K.T. KIM (KOR) $123,507
20. Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) $97,249
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