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Scott Hend poised in Kuala Lumpur

Can he make it ten titles in Asia? (Photo: Henry Peters)
Scott Hend has opened up the possibility of yet another victory in Asia following after his third round of 67 at the Maybank Championship at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur left three from the lead and tied for 3rd.

Hend recorded eight birdies in round three and with the current leader Nacho Elvira of Spain yet to win a European Tour title and without a win anywhere in four years then he is not without hope of running down the leader.

Hend, who owns nine tournament titles in Asia, two of them European Tour victories knows he will need to go low on Sunday if he is to catch the leader and hold off those around him at present.

“Look at last year, Sharma shot a ten under 62 in the last round. Somebody is going to light it up, someone always does,” said the 45-year old Queenslander.

“So many good players, good depth in the field. If I sign for a 62 tomorrow, I'll be quite happy to sit in the clubhouse and see what happens.”

Elvira however appears to have turned around a slow start to the 2019 season with a last start runner-up finish at the Qatar Masters.

“The confidence is coming back little by little. It was a tough start of the season with the driver especially," said the Spaniard. "I worked really hard with the Callaway guys to get the driver ready, I think it's working. I'm hitting more shots from the short grass so I'm happy. 

“I like the way things are right now with my swing. I like the way I've turned round my season a little bit. Let's see what tomorrow brings.”

Lucas Herbert lost ground with his round of 73 and is now in a share of 16th and eight shots from the lead while Terry Pilkadaris and Zach Murray are the next best of the Australians and are tied for 22nd.

 

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