Hend bringing family down under for Xmas
Hend, who has been based in Florida for ten years, is eager to get his family re-introduced to the Aussie culture following time abroad and also see his father who has been undergoing treatment for cancer.
Although based in Florida, Hend is playing a mix of the Asian, Japan and European tours. It is a grind with long flights and time away from his young family back in Florida.
Scott Hend all smiles after his recent Asian Tour win (Credit: Asian Tour)
A seasoned tour journeyman Hend feels that the PGA Tour has become somewhat of a closed shop.
His recent performances in the US have been sporadic and at his stage of his career Hend does not feel it worthwhile spending a year on the Web.com tour in an attempt to regain his PGA tour card, which he lost in 2006.
But Hend says, “never say never, I might get that breakthrough win!”
Hend lost status on the PGA Tour about the time he started a family; twins who are now aged 6 and regularly travel to Europe and Asia with his wife Leanne.
He says that combining fatherhood with touring as a professional golfer can never work unless the family are able to join him during his long stints away.
Despite his current focus on Australasia, Hend will still continue to base himself in Florida.
Currently ranked 3rd on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with earnings of $236,000 he is by his own accounts ‘having a good season’ and likes the American lifestyle.
Hend’s sensational win at Chiang Mai Golf Classic last month with a final 8-under par round brings with it an important 2-year exemption in Asia. It also has revitalised his passion to remain on the road and play competitively.
Hend is a big hitter and is always high up on the long drive statistics.
As a junior at Laverton, a mining town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, he was encouraged to just hit the ball as hard as he could and make good contact.
He said, “As a youngster I had good flexibility and strength in all the right places. Now I am older I have to work on it a bit more.”
This year Hend turns 40 and he knows the younger 20 something set are making their mark on tour, yet he is comfortable as to where he stands and is enjoying the mix of life.
This motor sport enthusiast has eyes on a fast car in the shape of a Porsche 911 to accompany the Mercedes AMG S55 already parked in the garage. That will be a far cry from travelling the Canadian Tour nearly 20 years ago in a second hand car shared with Nathan Green.
So, why not play the Australian Open at Royal Sydney on your trip to Australia and the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines?
“Now that’s a thought”, he replies.
Undoubtedly, many people would relish watching Hend take on the Royal Sydney layout.