European Tour

Aussie Hend bursts into Dutch lead

2016-09-10 20:14
Scott Hend (AFP Photo)

Spijk - Scott Hend is aiming to go one better on Sunday after storming into the lead for the final round of a European Tour event for a second week in a row.

The Australian began Saturday's third round of the Dutch Open three shots off the top but roared to the summit with a seven-under-par 64 in Spijk to grab a one-shot lead over Italy's Nino Bertasio.

Hend started the day with a bogey on the second, but then produced six birdies and an eagle to get to 14 under.

The 43-year-old Hend entered the final round of last week's European Masters with a one-shot lead but lost in a play-off to Alex Noren and will hope to avoid a repeat of that heartache as he searches for a second win of the season.

But as well as Bertasio, the English trio of Ben Evans, David Horsey and Richard Bland are all at 11 under, alongside home hero Joost Luiten.

"Hopefully I can go one better tomorrow but I need to get everything right as there are some great players on that leaderboard," said Hend.

"Me and Tony (Carolan, his caddie) just get on really well together. There is no magic there. We are polar opposites so it matches up really well."

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