#TheOpen Blog: Hend in happy land

Wed 13 Jul 2016

#TheOpen Blog: Hend in happy land

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Troon, Scotland, July 13: Scott Hend, the most successful international golfer on the Asian Tour, will make his third appearance at The Open this week which marks the start of a truly exciting stretch of events for the long-hitting Aussie. This is his blog from Royal Troon.
By Scott Hend
It’s great, and it’s always good to be in a Major. There’re a big few weeks coming up … the PGA Championship in two weeks and the Olympics in four weeks. For me to get into this event, the PGA Championship and the Olympics, it has been due to me winning at the Queen’s Cup in Thailand last month.
It was a good decision to play in the Queen’s Cup as the world ranking points gave me the opportunity to jump over Marcus (Fraser) on the Olympic rankings and get into position to play the Majors and get the opportunity to represent my country in the Olympic Games. It’s been a pretty good few weeks.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
I’m on the upturn now. The form sort of fell away the last few weeks and I’m working hard to try and get it back. Hopefully it happens soon. I played nine holes yesterday and played 18 on Tuesday. It’s a nice course, looks nice. It’s softer than usual because of the rain but the winds will play a major part.
Last week, I was leading after the first round (in the Scottish Open) and then I really struggled on the greens, struggled to read them well. I’m trying to work my way around the greens better here.
I’m just going to enjoy it this week. You’ve got to enjoy every minute of it when you’re here. When I came here in the morning and drove into the car park, I was telling my caddie that we’re playing in an Open Championship and how good it is to be here. You never know when your next one is going to be so you’ve got to cherish the moment when you’re here now.
There’s still a lot more years to come for me (in my career) and a lot more better golf as well. I’m getting better as I get older. I like to think that I can contend in Major championships but the difference is that you need to be there more often. The more you’re there, the more you get comfortable and you learn how to do it.
Using drive is not necessary around here. It’s a positional golf course, you need to get into the right positions and try to not short-side yourself and make the most of the opportunities. I’m going to hit two iron on every hole if necessary and not hit driver although that’s going to be wind dependent. It goes down to being disciplined.
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