REIGNING Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Scott Hend has crashed out of the Hero Indian Open with a disastrous second round of 82 on a brutal day for scoring in New Delhi.
Hend was one of the tournament drawcards and sat 1-under the card and inside the top 20 through 15 holes when play was suspended due to darkness Thursday.
But his return to the course Friday morning to complete his opening 18 holes got off to a rocky start with a double bogey at the 17th on his way to a 1-over 73.
It was his second round, though, where things really fell apart.
Hitting off the 10th Hend made a double bogey at his third hole of the day, the 12th, then immediately compounded the error by dropping another at the 13th.
A second double of the day at the 14th had him 5-over for that three hole stretch and with his tournament hopes dwindling he dropped another at the par-3 16th.
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He managed a birdie at the 18th but his week was about to take a turn for the worse when he made the first of two inward triple bogeys at the second.
Having turned in 41 that put him 8-over for the day and five holes later the indignity was complete when he made another seven at the par-4 7th.
A second birdie of the round at the eighth was hardly much consolation as he signed for a 10-over score and 11-over total through 36 holes to all but guarantee the weekend off despite the second round not yet being completed.
Hend wasn’t the only player to struggle at the difficult DLF Golf and Country Club with the scoring average for day two at 77 when play was suspended.
There were 15 completed scores of 80 or worse in round two, and one score of 90, with 66 players still on course.
Among those who had just begun play when the suspension came was Terry Pilkadaris who is even par through two holes of his second round to be 1-under for the tournament and one of only 12 players in red figures.
Only five of those 12 have competed 36 holes, defending champion S.S.P Chawrasia sitting atop the standings at 5-under-par following a stunning second round of 67.
His is the only score in the 60’s on day two with just two others completing sub-par rounds Friday.
First round leader David Horsey, who played alongside Chawrasia, fired a 2-over 74 to be one behind the local at 4-under and outright second.
Todd Sinnott is next best of the Australians behind Pilkadaris at 4-over for the week through six holes of his second round and T47, Wade Ormsby one further back after eight holes to be sharing 63rd.
Perth Super 6 winner Brett Rumford was 4-over through five holes of his second round to be plus six overall when play was called while Marcus Fraser completed his second round in a credible 1-over 73.
However, having battled to an 82 on day one he sits on the same score as Scott Hend – 11-over - and his chances of playing the weekend are slim at best.
Jason Scrivener is the last of the Australians in the field but was disqualified through 17 holes of his second round for unknown reasons. He was 7-over for the day at the time and 8-over for the tournament.
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