Hend, a two-time winner on the circuit though yet to win on European soil, began the final round as part of a six-way tie for the lead and went to the turn in an impressive 3-under to be well in the mix.
But he lost his tee shot right off the 10th and from deep rough his second squirted across the fairway, finding a concrete cart path and bouncing ‘about eight times’ before finally coming to rest in an impossible spot behind the 11th tee.
From there, the big hitting veteran could do no better than six and on a day when the scoring was low it proved an impossible setback to overcome.
Both Hend’s European titles have come in co-sanctioned Asian Tour events and he has been open about his desire to win again but on European soil.
A course featuring narrow fairways bordered by thick rough would seem an unlikely place for one of the game’s most aggressive players to contend but Hend proved he is more than just a bomber with opening rounds of 71-67 to lead by one.
A third round 73 left him ‘surprised’ to still share top spot on the leaderboard but after nine holes he looked as likely a winner as anyone.
The bad break at the 10th hole, however, put paid to that and ultimately it was rising English star Matt Wallace who claimed the trophy.
Not meant to be I'm afraid..... nice playing @mattsjwallace. The cart path on the 10th put a end to my challenge... onwards and upwards... can only get from this. Gr8 week and a real surprise thank you #BMWInternationalOpen @EuropeanTour— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) June 24, 2018
A 7-under 65 Sunday was enough for the 28-year-old to claim his third title and he is fast becoming a player to watch in world golf.
Having defeated Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnstone in a play-off for the Indian Open earlier in the year he is now 11th on the Race to Dubai standings and is making a serious claim for Ryder Cup consideration.
“Brilliant to win here in Germany,” Wallace said after the victory. “The BMW is such a great event and to play against the likes of Martin Kaymer and the guys at the top there, it's great.
“I work hard for this. I believe I can do it. I want to go further, I want to keep building on this.
“Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.”
While Wallace claimed the major prize Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen claimed a minor victory of his own with a career best 11-under 61 to share second place.
Olesen began the day outside the top 40 but with nine birdies and an eagle, including a run of four birdies to close out his round, he was the talk of the tournament.
Wade Ormsby and Nick Cullen were the other two Australians to make the cut, Ormsby closing with a 1-under 71 to be T16 and Cullen signing for an even par round to finish T45.
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