Veteran Hend reveals secret health battle

With 12 missed cuts and just two top-10’s, it’s fair to say Australia’s Scott Hend hasn’t had a good year on the European Tour and a recent tweet from the 48-year-old points towards a very good reason for the unusual form slump.

The three-time European winner revealed he has been suffering from symptoms associated with prostate cancer.

Scott Hend Scott Hend (Credit: Asian Tour)

“I share this with you in hope it will get other guys to get in and get checked and not have the issues I have been experiencing. 2021 is almost over, I have been in a bad place pretty much all year, on and off the Golf Course,” tweeted Hend.

“In December I will under go a prostate operation. I’ve found it very difficult trying to focus on the course when worrying about bladder bleeds and where the next tree will be to relieve myself on, never mind the nights of sometimes no sleep due to the sudden urge to pee.”

“I don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for me at all…I just wish more guys would go to the Urologist and get their check up. There is no shame in ensuring your comfort and good health. DO IT FOR YOURSELF. Get checked.”

After missing out on qualifying for last weekend’s DP World Tour Championship, the Queenslander has teed it up again this week at the $1million Blue Canyon Phuket Championship on the Asian Tour, which has finally got back underway after 18 months in a COVID-19 hiatus. Hend won the Asian Tour OOM in 2016.

Hend opened with an impressive 3-under 69 to lie in 10th place heading into Friday’s second round.