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Hend recovers from mid-round disaster in India

Hend overcomes DLF Golf Club hoodoo to contend again (file) (Photo: Henry Peters)
Round one play at the Hero Indian Open at the DLF Golf Club near New Delhi has been all but completed with just three players stranded on the golf course when darkness brought a halt to proceedings at 6.40pm.

Those players will not impact the top of the leader-board, however, with Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher and American Julian Suri recording rounds of 67 to be ahead by one over a group at 4 under.

Christian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Larrazabal, Robert Karlsson and Prom Messawat are tied for 3rd while Australian Scott Hend is in a large group one shot further back.

Hend, who arrived in New Delhi as the winner of last week’s Maybank Championship, has a poor record over this layout having missed the cut in each of his last two starts at the venue but playing with the confidence a win can bring and injury free he produced a very impressive round.

Hend was rolling along nicely early in his round with two birdies but a bogey at his 8th hole was followed by a triple bogey at his 9th and he made the turn in 2 over.

He regained his composure quickly, however, with five birdies on the way in for a closing nine of 31 and a round of 69.

“After the 17th and 18th hole we thought we would be flying tomorrow night,” said Hend.

“I three-putted the 17th and hit two balls into the water hazard on hole 18 which was a bit of a nightmare. To come back after that was great, and I think so far this year this was the best round that I have played.

“I just told myself to get over those holes and concentrate on what I was doing. It’s just one of those golf courses where if you hit a bad shot, you start getting defensive.

“And I just had to remind myself to not be defensive and keep playing how I have been playing. That’s the hardest part about it, you have to be strong mentally.”

Wade Ormsby and Daniel Nisbet are the next best of the Australians at 2 under 70 while Marcus Fraser was round in 71.

 

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