An Australian professional’s artistic shotmaking paid off in an enormous manner this weekend.
Scott Hend, who was enjoying within the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, was on the 18th and ultimate gap of his third spherical on Saturday when issues bought attention-grabbing. Standing on the par-5 18th at 10-under for the whole event, Hend shanked his second shot into some timber. Consequently, he was arrange with a tough third shot amongst the timber to get to the inexperienced.
That is the place Hend bought artistic. As a substitute of going with a lofted shot excessive over the timber to achieve the inexperienced, he determined to go low to get rid of the danger of his shot hitting the timber or touchdown in one of many frontside bunkers.
So right here’s what Hend did: He hit a low, line-drive shot that utterly averted the timber and bunkers. As a substitute, the shot hit the grandstand and rolled all the best way again onto the inexperienced to set himself up with two simple putts for par. Watch the way it all went down:
This little bit of shot-making is value one other look 🎩#MaybankChampionship pic.twitter.com/PvnEBaWoEM
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 23, 2019
In accordance with the published, gamers had been training the trick shot through the week. And judging from Hend’s Twitter, it certain seems like he meant to hit the grandstand behind the inexperienced.
Performed that manner…. 121m to base of grandstand….. play a 140m shot low into the boards and see if it’s going to bounce again…. 🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️ appeared to work out okay. My caddie bounced many balls off the stand testing the bounce throughout follow.
— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) March 23, 2019
The shot appeared to assist Hend out tremendously, as he ended up capturing 5-under 67 for his third spherical to maneuver right into a tie for fourth. He would then observe that up with one other 5-under 67 efficiency throughout Sunday’s ultimate spherical to beat out Spain’s Nacho Elvira, the chief after 54 holes, in a playoff to win the Maybank Championship at 15-under.
Hend’s win was his third on the European Tour and 15th of his skilled profession, as his most up-to-date victory got here in 2016.