Big-hitting Scott Hend will join the field at the 2014 New
Zealand Open near Arrowtown. Photo by Bruce Young.
Scott Hend, a former USPGA Tour player and one of the
most successful players on the Asian Tour, says he is looking
forward to joining the 2014 New Zealand Open field.
Queensland-born, Florida-based Hend will play in the New
Zealand Open after completing his best season to date,
finishing runner-up on the Asian Tour Money List with
earnings of $750,000.
Hend has had five victories on the Asian Tour, including
three wins in 2013, at the Chiangmai Golf Classic, the
Mercuries Taiwan Masters and the Venetian Macau Open. During
his professional career he has also won six other tournaments
around the world.
Ranked No 139 in the world, Hend competed in the Dubai Desert
Classic earlier this month, on the European tour, and he will
follow the New Zealand Open with an appearance in the
prestigious WCG Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida.
Since turning pro in 1998, Hend has travelled the world and
enjoyed status on the PGA, Web.com, European, Asian and
After he competed in the US PGA Tour from 2004 to 2006, a
serious hand injury in 2006 threatened his career as a
However, the big-hitting Australian bounced back, switched
his focus to the Asian Tour and was named Rookie of the Year,
finishing third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit in his first
year on that tour.
Hend's driving distance is one of the most talked about areas
of his game.
Ranked number one in driving distance on the Asian Tour in
2013, the big hitter records an average driving distance of
309.6 yards (283m).
On the USPGA Tour in 2005, he was ranked number one in
driving distance, ahead of Tiger Woods.
Hend said in a statement he was looking forward to mixing
with some of the sporting figures and other celebrities
during the pro-am phase of the New Zealand Open and the
chance to play Millbrook and The Hills courses at Arrowtown
''It should be fun. It's always great to play with other
people who are good at what they do,'' Hend said.
''Queenstown is one of the most beautiful places I have been
to in the world.
''I love the courses there and really wanted to get back to
play there again.''