SCOTT HEND

Golf Australia - - THE OPEN -

OPENS PLAYED: 3. BEST FIN­ISH: T72 (2016). WORLD RANK­ING: No.91.

The Open Cham­pi­onship hasn’t been the hap­pi­est event for the long-hit­ting Scott Hend.

The 43-year-old, who rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the Rio Olympics and May’s GolfSixes, hadn’t made the cut un­til last year at Royal Troon. He went on to fin­ish 72nd.

De­spite that, Hend is putting an­other solid sea­son to­gether on the Asian Tour af­ter win­ning its Or­der of Merit in 2016. The Queens­lan­der is dif­fi­cult to stop when his con­fi­dence is up and run­ning which, in turn, means he also has a ten­dency to lose his game with­out warn­ing.

This usu­ally comes in the form of missed fair­ways – some­thing you can’t re­ally af­ford at Royal Birk­dale with its long rough and pot bunkers.

Past per­for­mances and sta­tis­tics sug­gest Hend won’t fare par­tic­u­larly well at Royal Birk­dale, but if he keeps his long tee-shots away from trou­ble, he is more than ca­pa­ble of a strong show­ing. WIN­NING ODDS: $126*.

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