Eagle propels Hend to the top at Wentworth

Sun 29 May 2016

Eagle propels Hend to the top at Wentworth

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May 29: Scott Hend of Australia eagled the last hole for a one-over-par 73 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday.
The eagle came at the right time for the 43-year-old Hend who had only produce one birdie and four bogeys at the Wentworth Club. He finished on nine-under-par 207 to hold a one-shot lead heading into the final round.
Hend is chasing his second European Tour title this season after winning the True Thailand Classic presented by Chang, which was co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, in March.
“I was three over par coming into the last, so to make a four or a three is always an added bonus. I had 160 metres to the pin and fortunately had a nice lie in the rough, so just tried to hit a neutral eight iron. It got a bit of a lucky bounce and rolled close to the hole,” said Hend on his eagle.
“It’s a big one, but to put it in perspective I’m just treating it like another tournament. If things happen afterwards, then you can look back at it in retrospect and think about it, but right now it’s just another golf tournament and I’m just trying to do what I do for a living.
“It’s going to be tough tomorrow because it’s pretty congested there. The golf course is starting to firm up and if the sun stays out it’s going to be quite tricky,” he added.
Joint overnight leader Y.E. Yang of Korea, an Asian Tour honorary member and Asia’s first Major champion, posted a disappointing 75 to slip to tied third place, two shots back from Hend.
At the Dean and Deluca Invitational, reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Anirban Lahiri of India fired a two-under-par 68 to move to tied ninth position. Currently on seven-under-par 203, he trails the leader Jordan Spieth by five shots.
Ends.