Hend in command in Macau

Sat 19 Oct 2013

Hend in command in Macau

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Macau, October 19: Australian Scott Hend put on a masterclass with a blistering eight-under-par 63 to open up a four-shot lead over Ernie Els of South Africa and Bangladeshi Siddikur after the third round of the Venetian Macau Open on Saturday.
Big-hitting Hend, who has won twice already this season, charged up the leaderboard with an eagle, seven birdies against a lone bogey for a three-day total of 12-under-par 201 in the US$800,000 Asian Tour event.
Four-time Major winner Els battled to a 69 despite a hot start when he birdied two of his opening three holes while overnight leader Siddikur got his wish of playing with the Big Easy after a 70 for a 205 aggregate.
India’s Rahil Gangjee (66), Filipino Elmer Salvador (70), Daisuke Kataoka of Japan (69) and Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea (70 all share fourth place, a further stroke back going into the final 18 holes on Sunday.
Since opening his campaign with a 74, Hend, who won the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT and Mercuries Taiwan Masters this year, has been irrepressible, shooting a 64 in the second round and improving by another shot today.
Ernie Els of South Africa Ernie Els of South Africa
He turned in 29 with an eagle from five feet on the second hole and four birdies before settling for three more birdies against a lone dropped shot at the treacherous par three 17th hole. Just an extra birdie. Just played a little bit better today. That's all I can do,” said Hend, who is currently second on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
“I've set my goals I want to achieve. If hit my targets, that's all I can ask.  If somebody else goes out and shoots 61 tomorrow, and I don't shoot a good enough round, then well done to them. I can only control myself and what I do and that's all I can ask of myself.
“I over engineered a few shots and a few putts. The old adage is 'Keep It Simple, Stupid' and that's pretty much what you've got to do out there. Just fairways, greens, and read the putts.  Don't over complicate it.”
Els, who is making his debut at the Venetian Macau Open, started strongly with birdies on two and three but failed to ride on the early momentum, with dropped shots on 14 and 16 preventing him from getting closer to Hend.
But a birdie on 18, which he missed a short birdie putt on Friday, ensured him a spot in the final match with Hend and Siddikur. “I wish I could have done that yesterday. But yeah, that was important … great to play in the last threeball, see what the leader does firsthand,” said Els.
“You just hope you get off to a good start and he doesn't, and you're in the game.  Or, you've got to have a hot finish.  So there's a lot of golf left.
“I felt I was a bit off here and there. I've got to go low tomorrow. It seems like Scott is playing really good. I played with him the first two rounds, and he had a tough start the first day, but since then, he's been on fire.  I feel good for the challenge tomorrow.  For some reason, I feel I've got a good chance.”
Siddikur of Bangladesh Siddikur of Bangladesh
Pint-sized Siddikur is relishing a dream final day pairing with his idol, Els. “I’m so excited,” said Siddikur, who turned in 32 but stuttered coming home with a double bogey, bogey and birdie on the card.
“I’m not going to put pressure on myself. I’ve got the experience of playing many times in the leader group. I’m just going to play my own game and that’s probably the best for me.  If I can hold the putts, then I may have a chance. I need the putter to get hot. Today, it wasn’t good. Yesterday, it was excellent.”
Jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau, the tournament is sanctioned by the latter and the Asian Tour, and promoted by IMG. Following a successful foray into the world of golf last year, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel has returned as title sponsor of the event for a second successive year.
Sponsors joining The Venetian®  Macao in support of the tournament include Rolex, Srixon, Air Macau, Blue Girl and Bonaqua, as well as first time sponsors Lamborghini, Maui Jim, Subway, Hytera, Twinwoods Wine and Hong Kong Descente, which carries both the Le Coq Sportif Golf Collection and Munsingwear.
For more details on the Venetian Macau Open, please visit www.thevenetianmacauopen.com
Scores after round 3 of the Venetian Macau Open 2013 being played at the par 71, 6606 Yards Macau GCC course (a- denotes amateur):
201 - Scott HEND (AUS) 74-64-63.
205 - Ernie ELS (RSA) 71-65-69, SIDDIKUR  (BAN) 69-66-70.
206 - Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 73-67-66, Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 71-66-69, Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 70-66-70, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 71-65-70.
207 - Scott BARR (AUS) 68-69-70.
208 - Jason KNUTZON (USA) 69-71-68, Kalle SAMOOJA (FIN) 68-71-69, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 70-67-71.
209 - LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 71-72-66, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 73-68-68, HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 70-71-68, Arjun ATWAL (IND) 72-69-68.
210 - ZHANG Lian-wei (CHN) 69-74-67, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 73-69-68, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 75-66-69, Adam GROOM (AUS) 70-69-71, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 71-68-71.
About 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
The Golf Association of Macau is the governing body of golf in Macau and promotes the sport across all levels with the city. It is the co-organiser and official sanctioning body of the Venetian Macau Open.
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; MALO CLINIC Health & Wellness; 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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Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
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
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Subway Restaurants (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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
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