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Hend Promises 'Full Throttle' Final Round

Scott Hend says he will go 'full throttle' in the final round of the European Open in Germany (Photo: Asian Tour)
Scott Hend has made his intentions clear as he heads to the final round of the European Open in Germany where he sits four shots off the lead and sharing sixth place.

The popular Australian took to Twitter after a third round 69 to send a message about what to expect in the final round at the Green Eagle GC in Hamburg.

Known as an aggressive player, Hend plans to live up to his reputation Tweeting that he planned a “Last round charge” and that it would be ‘full throttle required to catch the leaders.”

Hend is at 8-under through 54 holes, four behind joint leaders Bryson DeChamabeau and England’s Richard McEvoy.

Also ahead of him on the leaderboard are Masters champion Patrick Reed and Austrian Matthias Schwab (-11 and T3) with Paul Casey alone in fifth place at 9-under.

Hend is part of a five way tie for sixth a stroke further back after posting five birdies against two bogies in his third round.

The other two Australians to make the weekend were both over par on Saturday, Andrew Dodt signing for a 2-over 74 to  be even for the week and T54 while Lucas Herbert posted a 75 to drop to T61 at 1-over.

At the top of the leaderboard DeChambeau surrendered his overnight one stroke lead early in the round but maintained his composure to claw back to top spot by day’s end.

Lightning in the area caused a more than two hour delay and the American said the storm proved helpful to his cause.

“I hung in there,” he said o his four birdie-two bogey effort.

“On the front nine I had nothing, I was so happy the storm came through because that gave me a little time to get the game back in order and I was able to do that and play well on the back nine.
“If I’m comfortable out there and I can hit the right shots and have the kind of repeatability that I think I can produce out there, it’s going to be a tough one for anybody to get me.”

Reigning Masters champion Reed clearly feels the tournament is far from over and is predicting fireworks over the closing stages Sunday.

“All the magic is going to happen on that back nine,” he said after his third round 69. "There’s definitely going to be a lot of excitement so I just have to move on to tomorrow and take all the positives and try go out and make some putts.

“I only hit three fairways again. I felt like I hit a lot of better tee-shots today, a little like yesterday.

“I hit a lot of solid tee-shots, just a couple didn’t find the fairway that I thought should have but I had too many lip-out putts. I had three lip-outs and two early on when I came back out.”

He said he feels he is yet to produce his best golf for the week and was looking forward to putting all the pieces together Sunday.

“I feel like I’m leaving a ton of shots out there and not getting anything out of the rounds and it’s the difference of being behind going into Sunday and having a comfortable lead,” he said.

“Whether I have the lead or don’t have the lead going into Sunday, as long as I’m in contention I feel like I have a good shot and the good thing is, coming from behind, I can be a little more aggressive and go and attack the golf course.”

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