Hend hopes to stop Lahiri at #CIMBClassic

Wed 28 Oct 2015

Hend hopes to stop Lahiri at #CIMBClassic

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Kuala Lumpur, October 28: Australian Scott Hend believes he needs to win this week’s US$7 million CIMB Classic to have any chance of stopping India’s Anirban Lahiri from winning the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
Long-driving Hend, who won the Venetian Macao Open two weeks ago for his seventh Asian Tour victory, is currently ranked second in the rankings but trails leader Lahiri by some US$621,000.
A win at the CIMB Classic will afford the winner with a cool US$1.26 million while second place earns US$756,000.
“The only chance that I can catch Anirban is if I win this week. I don’t think second will even do it as Anirban is playing very solid and he likes it around here. I don’t know his schedule but around here, he’ll play solid. He’s won here before, he likes the course, he’s in form. I know he’s tired but this course really suits him,” said Hend.
The 42-year-old Aussie, the most successful international golfer on the Asian Tour in recent times, has a best finish of tied 11th at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course but he will come out with all guns blazing in his hope for glory.
After spending two years on the PGA TOUR in the mid-2000s, Hend knows a win could take him straight back to America.
141015_VMO2015_Andrew Dodt (AUS) 01“If I play well this week, it can have an effect on the Order of Merit in Asia, and possibly on the non-exempt member earnings in the U.S. too. There’re a lot of different things that can come up if you play well.
“I’m hoping that it will be a freakish week where you win the tournament and all of the sudden, you’ll be playing in the U.S. It’s all our dreams to try to be exempt back in the U.S. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Andrew Dodt of Australia also hopes to make it a week to remember. He believes the gap between the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR players are closer now compared to last time.
“Here and next week are my biggest weeks. It’ll be great to be top-10 or top-five and try to get into the mix and try to play my way to the States. The gap is closing every year. Five years ago, the gap was bigger. Guys like Anirban (Lahiri), Hendy (Scott Hend), SSP Chawrasia, these guys are as good as they are. It’s just believing that we’re as good as they are,” said Dodt.
With his coach Jim Barden in Kuala Lumpur, Dodt aims to get off to a hot start at the CIMB Classic.
“We’re sort of working on my first rounds at the moment. I’ve shot three rounds of two under or better this year which isn’t good enough. I feel like my tournaments have been three rounds this year because I either shoot even par, one or two over and then I’ve got three rounds to shoot five or six under to catch up,” said Dodt.
“The focus right now is the first round and try to have the mindset to shoot three or four under instead of playing catch up all week. That’s been the trend all year, that I’ve been trying to match up ground. These guys are too good to give them a head start. That’s the focus at the moment,” he explained.
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