Hend ties for lead in blustery Scotland

Fri 08 Jul 2016

Hend ties for lead in blustery Scotland

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Scotland, July 8: Australian Scott Hend fired a three-under-par 69 under blustery conditions to share the opening round lead with Felipe Aguilar of Chile at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Thursday.
Hend, a nine-time Asian Tour winner, marked his card with one eagle and three birdies against two bogeys while Aguilar returned with five birdies against two bogeys at the Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.
“I’m very happy. Obviously conditions were quite tough and was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I’m very happy.
“We're just not so used to playing off such tight lies and playing into a strong wind. So I was trying to get back to adjusting for the spin rate off those lies into the wind. It's just something we haven't been used to for a while,” said the 42-year-old Australian.
“It's awesome fun, it doesn’t matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it's just awesome. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It's just great fun. It's exciting,” added Hend.
The duo leads by one shot over a host of players, including Asian Tour honorary member Y.E. Yang of Korea, who shared third place while China’s Wu Ashun and Jeev Milkha Singh of India were amongst those bunched in 21st place following matching 72s.