Australia’s Scott Hend was recently announced as the Asian Tour players’ player of the year.
Following a stellar 2016 campaign in which he was crowned the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit champion with earnings of US$1.004 million, the 43-year-old Queenslander was recognised by the votes of his peers.
Hend, who won twice in 2016 at the True Thailand Classic and Queen’s Cup in Thailand, was proud to receive the recognition from his fellow Asian Tour competitors.
"I'm delighted to win. To earn this recognition which is voted by my peers is truly rewarding and fulfilling and it will spur me to work harder at my game as we head into the new season," said Hend, who also had the lowest stroke average (69.29).
"It has indeed been a tremendous 2016 season for me, first winning the two tournaments in Thailand and subsequently the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown. My appearance at the Olympic Games where I represented my country was also another major highlight of the season.
"I want to thank my fellow Asian Tour players again for this terrific recognition and also to my family for their love and support over the years."
Victorian Marcus Fraser, who finished second on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, proved the best putter on Tour, needing 1.697 putts per green in regulation.
The tour's statistician needed to break down the putting average to the third decimal point to determine the winner after a tie with Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha, Pavit Tangkamolprasert and Indonesia’s Rory Hie.