Hend reveals secrets to his success

Mon 21 Oct 2013

Hend reveals secrets to his success

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Singapore, October 21: Australian Scott Hend has revealed that good old fashion hard work and perseverance have been the key to his phenomenal season on the Asian Tour as he turns his attention to the biggest two tournaments in the region in the next fortnight.
Hend claimed his third victory of the season at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday, defeating a classy field which included four-time Major winner Ernie Els and six Asian Tour Order of Merit champions as he reduced the gap with current Merit leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.
While Hend’s masterclass was for all to see on the golf course, what went on behind the scenes were countless hours of training honed at perfecting his game.
“I'm just working hard, mate. I'm working physically and mentally on my game.   You can't work on your game and not work on yourself physically and mentally, because they have all got to be pretty much as strong as each other,” said Hend.
“And you can't just work on your strong points.  You have to work on your weaknesses. There's a lot to do with it.  And also dietary wise, I'm trying to eat a little bit smarter and drink a little bit smarter.  It's just all little things through life that you try and do to achieve a goal,” added the 40-year-old.
The big-hitting Australian trails Kiradech by slightly under US$170,000 on the merit list and is quietly confident he can reach the summit if he continues his exploits at this week’s US$7 million CIMB Classic in Malaysia, which is sanctioned with the PGA TOUR, and next week’s US$8.5 million World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
“Well, quietly, I'm confident with my game and I've just got to keep approaching it the way I’ve been doing. I like both golf courses, the KLGCC and Sheshan and it’ll be nice to see how we stake up. It’ll be a good test for us Asian Tour players,” said Hend.
“Winning the Order of Merit is everyone’s target during the year. I can just do what I can do. If he plays better than I do for the rest of the year, then he's going to win the Order of Merit, that's all there is to it.  I can't control what he does.  All I can control is what I do,” added Hend.
Key to Hend’s success is also his partnership with fellow Australian Tony Carolan who used to ply his trade on the Asian Tour but assumes the role of Hend’s trusty caddie today.
“It's great, because we are great friends.  When he was out on the Asian Tour playing, we played a lot of practice rounds together.  We room together a lot.  So I feel pretty honoured for him to actually say yes and come out and caddie for me until he gets his chance to go back to Q School and get his card back, which I have no doubt he'll do because he's such a great player himself,” said Hend.
Their close friendship also extends to the golf course and has proven to be pivotal to Hend’s rousing success on the region’s premier Tour this season.
“On the golf course, it's good, because we sort of play golf a little differently, and the perspective from both sides has sort of helped me to channel my game the way it's been going,” said Hend.
“Tony and I have got our little boxes that we are trying to tick every week, and some weeks it works, some weeks it doesn't.  Luckily for me, it's worked a couple of times this year,” added Hend.
Hend’s wins on the Asian Tour this season have seen him lap up the adulation of his fans and earn plaudits from the golfing world which included Els.
Els, who finished third in Macau, believes Hend can easily return to the PGA Tour and the Australian will get his chance when he tees up at the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions, both events which will reward the winner with playing rights in the United States.
“I think he can go on from here now. I think that’s what the Asian Tour is all about. You keep seeing really good talent. They get the confidence from the Asian Tour and they can go anywhere. I think they can go to the Web.Com Tour and the PGA Tour,” said Els.
Asian Tour Order of Merit Top-20
Pos Player Order of Merit (US$)
1 Kiradech APHIBARNRAT   (THA) $711,074.36
2 Scott HEND   (AUS) $541,464.38
3 Gaganjeet BHULLAR   (IND) $286,953.59
4 LIANG Wen-chong   (CHN) $263,798.35
5 BAEK Seuk-hyun   (KOR) $263,043.97
6 Thongchai JAIDEE   (THA) $248,991.48
7 Anirban LAHIRI   (IND) $244,973.24
8 Wade ORMSBY   (AUS) $199,279.84
9 SIDDIKUR   (BAN) $170,733.93
10 Prayad MARKSAENG   (THA) $150,458.44
11 KIM Gi-whan   (KOR) $147,292.70
12 Berry HENSON   (USA) $140,227.90
13 KANG Sung-hoon   (KOR) $135,000.00
14 Shiv KAPUR   (IND) $133,294.57
15 Angelo QUE   (PHI) $130,344.43
16 Thaworn WIRATCHANT   (THA) $129,634.62
17 Arnond VONGVANIJ   (THA) $127,702.45
18 Jyoti RANDHAWA   (IND) $124,704.43
19 Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL  (THA) $123,311.97
20 Jason KNUTZON   (USA) $123,230.24
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