If any further evidence was needed as to the amazing journey that Queenslander Scott Hend travels to ply his trade on the professional golf circuits of the world then you need look no further than his odyssey in recent months.
On Monday the Florida based 37 year old attended Sectional US Open qualifying in Columbus in Ohio which he managed to achieve, surviving a playoff for one of the two final spots remaining after 36 holes. He then jumped on a plane to Turin in Italy where overnight he has recorded a round of 68 to be in 20th position after the opening round.
Hend, a former Canadian and PGA Tour player and now a regular on the Asian Tour, plays without full status on the European Tour but whenever he gets a start he is quick to take advantage. He has played in South Africa, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Spain and Portugal this season trying to establish himself on one of the more recognised professional Tours.
Hend does enjoy full status on the Asian Tour where he finished 22nd on the 2010 money list with earnings of US$151,000 and 145th, again without full status, on the European money list during the same season but his ongoing pursuit of a bigger pond is evident and admired.
Next week Hend will be in Washington DC, teeing it up at in his 3rd US Open having missed the cut in 2004 but made it when 32nd in 2006. Hend played the PGA Tour for two seasons in 2004 and 2005 during which his best finish came at the Bell South Classic where he finished third behind Zach Johnson. His only other top ten came twelve months later at the Colonial event when 6th.
Since then Hend has travelled the world in pursuit of stability. There is little doubt of Hend's natural talent, his long hitting prowess taking him to the top of the standings in driving distance in his time on the PGA Tour, ahead of the likes of John Daly and Tiger Woods.
At Congressional Country Club, Hend gets a chance to play his first PGA Tour event since July of 2006 and although his has been an unusual preparation there is little doubt he will be as desperate as anyone in the field to play well.
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