Hend finishes fourth in KLM Open

Mon 12 Sep 2016

Hend finishes fourth in KLM Open

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September 12: Asian Tour member Scott Hend settled for a share of fourth position at the KLM Open after closing with a two-over-par 73  on Sunday.
The overnight leader, who was leading into the final round for the second straight week in Europe, signed off the week on 12-under-par 272, some seven shots behind home winner Joost Luiten, who stormed to victory with a final round 63.
Korea's Soomin Lee shot a 67 for tied 10th place, a further two shots back while Filipino Miguel Tabuena closed with a 71 for tied 28th position on 278. Thai youngster Natipong Srithong finished in a creditable joint 34th position.
Third Round Report
September 11: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Scott Hend will take the lead into the final round of a European Tour event for the second week in a row after an excellent 64 at the KLM Open.
The Australian began the third round three shots off the summit and when he started the day with a bogey on the second, he was moving away from the leading pack. But he produced a magnificent response with six birdies and an eagle to get to 14-under and open up a one-shot lead over Nino Bertasio.
The Italian had held a two-shot lead as he stood on the 18th tee but a closing birdie from Hend coupled with his own double-bogey meant the 28 year old will be playing catch up at The Dutch on Sunday afternoon.
Hend entered the final round of last week's Omega European Masters with a one-shot lead but lost in a play-off to Alex Noren and will hope to go one better as he searches for a second win of the season.
It has been an excellent 2016 for the 43 year old who won the True Thailand Classic Presented by Chang in March and went on to represent his country at the Olympic Men's Golf Competition.
“I am putting some good scores together and obviously have carried that on from last week where I went pretty close. Hopefully I can go one better tomorrow but I need to get everything right as there are some great players on that leaderboard.
“Me and Tony (Carolan, his caddie) just get on really well together. There is no magic there. We are polar opposites so it matches up really well. He is the kind of guy who will go and stay in the 'Bush' for three weeks and camp out and go fishing. I am a go the Hilton and sit on the beach kind of guy so it matches up really well!” said Hend.
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