Hend claims second Asian Tour title at Queen’s Cup

Australian Scott Hend enjoyed a one-shot triumph at the Queen’s Cup on Sunday for his second title of the season and ninth Asian Tour career victory.

The big-hitting Aussie overcame a two-shot deficit with a final round of four-under-par 67 at the Santiburi Samui Country Club to pip home talent Gunn Charoenkul, who signed off with a bogey-free 66 for his best finish on Tour.

Scott Hend Scott Hend (Credit: Asian Tour)

Overnight leader Prom Meesawat endured a disappointing 72 to finish three back in joint third place with American Paul Peterson (69), Korea’s Jeunghun Wang (69) and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert (66) in the US$300,000 Asian Tour tournament.

“I lost the tournament in Wentworth, lost the tournament in Mauritius and had chances in China. That’s four times this year and I didn’t win. Whether this was my golf course or not, I’ve been playing very good golf and trying to not get down on myself. It’s nice to win again,” said Hend, who was victorious at the True Thailand Classic earlier this season.

Hend turned in 35 and then drew level with Prom with birdies on 11 and 12. He surged ahead with a seven-foot birdie on 14 which the Thai bogeyed after finding trouble with an errant drive.

With a two-shot lead, the Aussie parred home to hoist the Queen’s Cup, only the second non-Thai to win the tournament since it joined the Asian Tour Schedule in 2009.

“Unfortunately for Prom, he made a mistake on the 14th hole which I made another birdie and that was a big swing. I saw I had a two-shot lead coming down the last hole and I didn’t want to do anything stupid or ridiculous.”

Hend’s latest victory could see him overtake countryman Marcus Fraser on the Official World Golf Ranking and put him in position to make the Olympic Games.

“There are three more weeks for the Olympic qualifying. I’m 43 this year, who knows how much longer (I can play) although I’m getting better with age.”

“It’ll be nice to go the Olympics and be one of the first Australians to play in it since golf’s re-inclusion. It’s all these different things that you chalk up in your career and when you’re finished, you just sit back and say this is what I did,” said Hend, who totalled 15-under-par 269 and earned US$54,000.