Hend and Groom share Macau lead

Fri 24 Oct 2014

Hend and Groom share Macau lead

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Macau, October 24: Title holder Scott Hend of Australia fought his way into a share of the halfway lead with countryman Adam Groom as he kept up his chase for a second successive victory at the US$900,000 Venetian Macau Open on Friday.
Winner in Hong Kong last weekend, the long-hitting Hend survived blustery conditions at the Macau Golf and Country Club to post a one-under-par 70 and a 10-under-par 132 aggregate which was matched by Groom, who carded a 67.
Venetian Macau Open - Round TwoSwitzerland’s Martin Rominger, with wife Simona on the bag, overcame a double bogey to card a 68 and lie one back while Chinese Taipei’s prospect Chan Shih-chang produced the day’s best with a 64 for joint fourth place on 134 with overnight leader Anirban Lahiri of India, who struggled to a 73.
After opening with a 70 on Thursday, Ernie Els of South Africa, the tournament’s top draw, could only manage a 72 and will enter the weekend rounds a massive 10 shots behind the leaders. Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the halfway cut set at 142 by two after adding a second straight 72.
Hend, 41, birdied his last hole, the ninth, from close range to put himself in the hunt for a seventh Asian Tour victory. He dropped two shots over his first seven holes before clawing his way back with four birdies against another bogey.
“Today, we’ve seen what can happen out here. If the wind blows like this, you just try to hold on to your score. We were struggling. You have to play conservatively and hopefully roll in some putts. Everyone will make a bogey,” said Hend.
“Sometimes it’s two and a half club difference. Even on the par fives on the back nine, with the exception of 18, it’s ridiculously difficult. If I had made 18 pars, I would have been ecstatic. To come in with one under I’m quite happy.”
Venetian Macau Open - Round TwoDespite being in top form, Hend is not thinking too far ahead in his hope of joining Zhang Lian-wei of China as the only men to win two Venetian Macau Open titles. “It’s Friday, it’s 36 holes to go. I’m just plodding along. Today was just the trotting day. No galloping, just trotting,” he smiled.
Groom, rookie of the year in 2004 but still seeking a breakthrough victory, ripped a monster drive on his last hole, the ninth, to set up a four-foot birdie to tie Hend. “I’ve not been in the final group for a while and Scott is in form. He’s a great player and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said the 35-year-old Groom.
“Obviously it’s a goal this year (to win). I’ve finished second a couple of times I think and it’ll be nice to hold a trophy. I think I’ve got the game, it’s just putting it together and managing your emotions. I’ll try to relax and get stuck to the process and hopefully it’s a good outcome.”
Lahiri, second on the Order of Merit, was disappointed to take 12 shots more than Thursday’s superlative effort of 61 as he posted three birdies against five bogeys. “It was windy but still it was not that hard,” lamented the Indian star.
“The greens were quicker and I couldn’t get my speed right with the putts. I couldn’t adjust to them. I’m playing well but I need to tighten up some loose ends. I’m still in with a great chance.”
Chan, who was given a Board exemption for the remainder of the year after winning three Asian Development Tour titles, produced eight birdies, including four in a row, to charge into contention.
“My home course is also very windy, so this is no problem for me,” said the 27-year-old. “I’ll be happy if the wind blows. I like it. I hit it low and I’m not a long hitter. This course is short and you just want to hit it straight, straight, straight.  Strong wind, I’m not scared.”
Venetian Macau Open - Round TwoSouth African star Ernie Els, who is an honorary member and international ambassador of the Asian Tour, hopes to fire on all cylinders over the weekend to close the gap on the leaders. I was battling the whole back nine. Hopefully I can play some better golf. I’m not pleased. Last week, I struggled with some putts and hit the ball well but this week, the swing is not quite there. If I can get it on the greens in regulation, I can make some birdies,” said Els.
The Venetian Macau Open is jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau.  It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG.  The Venetian Macao is the title sponsor of the event for a third successive year.
Sponsors joining The Venetian Macao in support of the tournament include Rolex, Air Macau, Blue Girl, Lamborghini and Hong Kong Descente, which carries both the Le Coq Sportif Golf Collection, Twinwoods Wine and Munsingwear.
For more details on the Venetian Macau Open, please visit www.thevenetianmacauopen.com

Venetian Macau Open - Round TwoAbout Macau Sport Development Board of the Macau Special Administrative Region Government


Macau Sport Development Board, under the capacity of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR Government, is a public organization of administration autonomy. The organization is responsible for the implementation of sport strategy and policy formulated by the Macau SAR Government. Its objective is to stimulate, encourage, and promote all kind of sports in Macau, also to create an essential condition for sport development.
For the development of competitive sports and ‘Sport for all’, the Macau Sport Development Board organizes various high level international sport competitions as well as recreational classes and thematic ‘Sport for all’ activities each year, in an endeavor to promote the international status of Macau, reinforce communication and co-operation with other countries and cites, enhance citizens’ quality of life and arouse their interest in sport, so as to accelerate and facilitate the enhancement of the level of sport in Macau.
For more information, please visit www.sport.gov.mo.
About Golf Association of Macau
Founded in 2000, the Golf Association of Macau is a non-profit organization, with the mission to promote, support and ensure the quality, traditions and development of the game of golf in Macau.
With the mission to encourage and promote golf in Macau, it provides coaching, training and selection of the Macau teams for participation in international events at all levels, and promotes and runs appropriate international and domestic golfing events in Macau, which helps to represent Macau in the golfing world and be a member of appropriate regional and world governing bodies.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
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Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
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About the Asian Tour
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), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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.