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Hend, Brazel fall at final hurdle

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It was closer than the final scoreline looked but the Australian team of Sam Brazel and Scott Hend fell at the final hurdle of the European Tour’s inaugural GolfSixes tournament in England.

The Australians lost the final to the Danish team of Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregard 3-1 in the six-hole match to finish runners-up in the first staging of the event.

A birdie at the play-off hole against Thailand in the quarter-finals and a final hole effort in the semi-finals against Scotland saw the Australians book their place in the final where they held the early advantage.

A birdie at the third gave the Australians the lead but things turned quickly and it was all Denmark from the 4th.

Both Australians found water off the tee at the par-4 to lose to  par then lost the 5th to a birdie after a brilliant tee shot from Bjerregaard.

Needing to win the final hole to force a play-off, Hend smashed a huge drive down the par-5 18th but an overly aggressive second from 200 metres by Brazel ran through the green.

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The Danes looked in trouble when Olesen, playing from a couple of metres closer to the green then Brazel courtesy of a monster tee shot from Bjerregaard, flared his approach right towards water but the ball somehow hung up in light rough just inches from the pond.

Hend’s effort with a putter from over the back of the green was less than his best and when Brazel couldn’t convert for birdie from eight feet, and Bjerregard laid his awkward chip within three feet, the match was conceded.

While disappointed with the end result both Brazel and Hend joined the chorus of players and officials declaring the week, and the unusual format, a success.

“Had a great time this week,” said Brazel in the immediate aftermath of the finish.

“I think Centurion Golf Club has done a fantastic job in in preparing the course. To all the sponsors running this event, to the volunteers, everybody in the clubhouse, the members and fans….it’s been great to be a part of.”

Hend concurred citing the need for golf to show off a product that appeals to a younger audience.

“It’s great to trow one in now and then and sot of mix it up,” he said.

“Make golf a little bit more appealing to bring some kids out and that sort of stuff, we need that sort of stuff

“It’s not something we’d play every week but it’s great to mix it up.”


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