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Scott Hend storms into WGC Bridgestone calculations

Hend won the American fans over with his stars and stripes emblazoned shoes (Photo: Getty Images)
Australian Scott Hend staked a claim to what would be his most significant win in tournament golf when he reeled off a stunning third round of 63 at the Firestone Country Club in Akron in Ohio to be just one behind the joint leaders at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

The round included two three putts on the 2nd and 7th holes despite totalling only 22 putts for his round. 

"It was quite nice to hole some putts as i haven't holed any all week but it was good to see the lines and hole a few today," said Hend.

Hend, sporting a pair of stars and stripes emblazoned shoes, trails only Thomas Pieters and Zach Johnson as the event enters its final round tomorrow and is in turn one ahead of the 4th place player Hideki Matsuyama.

"The shoes are in appreciation for the American military who do so much for us in a great country like this so it was out of respect for them," he added. 

Hend lives in Florida as he plies his trade in Europe and Asia but his desire is to get back to the PGA Tour which he played earlier in his career. "I reside here my kids go to school here and it would be a lot less travel for me - I love playing golf here."

Charley Hoffman, Adam Hadwin and Rory McIlroy are tied in 5th position at 6 under and three from the lead, McIlroy continuing to impress with another display of power golf and he may well be the player to watch on day four.

Playing the event for the very first occasion, Hend took advantage of his significant power from the tee to produce the best round of the day and improve 10 positions from his overnight share of 13th and he now has the opportunity to gain access to the PGA Tour with a win tomorrow and to take a healthy share of some of the US$9.75 million.

When Hend holed from 18 feet for birdie at the last, more than 1½ hours ahead of the final pairing, he had the lead but Johnson and Pieters would eventually take the 54 hole lead, both recording birdies at the final hole to edge clear of the Queenslander.

Jason Day slipped four spots to share 10th position, Adam Scott is in 16th place, Marc Leishman is 45th, Sam Brazel 49th and Rod Pampling 66th.    




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