Hend keen to avenge near miss

09 September 2017 03:07:49 EST

Last year Scott Hend lost a 54-hole one-shot lead in the Omega European Masters, this year he is hoping to convert his 36-hole advantage at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

Twelve months ago the Australian was caught in the final round by Alex Noren who then won the play-off with a birdie at the first extra hole.

Now Hend has the opportunity to right the wrong - he leads Darren Fichardt by one shot at the halfway stage, with a group of four players a further three strokes back, after he completed laps of 64 and 63 for a 13-under total of 127.

"I think we've had better conditions in the last two days than we had last year so we'll see what happens at the weekend," said Hend.

"I was just plodding along on the first six holes and I couldn't hit a shot, and then I hit a pure five wood, it landed fantastic on the green, rolled up to about four feet and I knocked it in for an eagle-2 to kick the round off a bit.

"Hopefully that experience from last year can help but we'll see tomorrow. This golf course is quite a beast when it gets rainy and windy so we'll just take it one step at a time.

"It would be nice to putt a little bit better but you walk off with 63 you're pretty happy. I just tried to play a bit more conservative than usual and I got lucky with a few shots."

The day was not without drama for the 44-year-old and his wife Leanne because they had to get their children Aston and McLaren evacuated from the family home in Florida.

"We're a bit worried about our kids and the sitter in the hurricane," he explained. "We've been up late at night trying to find contingency plans and we're going to get them out of there, it's not worth the risk."

Hend is 12/1 to win the tournament and 4/6 to win his third round two-ball against Fichardt.

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