Aussie Hend dreams of Olympics af­ter Thai tri­umph

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BANGKOK—Aus­tralia’s Scott Hend said he hoped to seize his chance to play at an Olympics af­ter mov­ing into the Rio qual­i­fi­ca­tion pic­ture with vic­tory at the Queen’s Cup in Thai­land.

The Aus­tralian vet­eran leapfrogged com­pa­triot Mar­cus Fraser to 74th in the world rank­ings from 87th af­ter Sun­day’s Asian Tour win in Koh Sa­mui, putting him in line for a spot at the Olympics in Au­gust. Fraser dropped from 76th to 80th.

Hend is only the fourth-ranked Aus­tralian, but the with­drawals of com­pa­tri­ots Adam Scott through sched­ul­ing is­sues and Marc Leish­man, who cited fears over the Zika virus, have put him in line to make the Aussie two-man team along­side world num­ber one Ja­son Day as golf re­turns to the Games af­ter a 112-year ab­sence.

“There are three more weeks for the Olympic qual­i­fy­ing and my next big goal is to play well in the BMW In­ter­na­tional this week to get into The (Bri­tish) Open,” he said, ac­cord­ing to an Asian Tour press re­lease. “I am 43 this year, who knows how much longer I can play al­though I’m get­ting bet­ter with age. It’ll be nice to play in the Olympics and be one of the first few Aus­tralians to play in it since golf’s re-in­clu­sion,” he said.—AFP

Dustin John­son poses for a photo with the championship tro­phy af­ter win­ning the U.S. Open golf tour­na­ment at Oakmont Coun­try Club.

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