Date: May 22, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Hend finds blistering best

Scott Hend found his 2016 form at the weekend to storm home at the Thailand Open.

Olympian Hend, the reigning Asian Tour order of merit champion, fired a superb closing 64 to vault more than 20 places up the leaderboard and into the top 10.

Hend lit up the Thai Country Club with five outward birdies, then closed with two more on the 14th and 17th to shoot a blemish-free seven-under round to share sixth at 15 under.

Another at the same score, six behind champion Rattanon Wannasrichan, was fellow Aussie Terry Pilkadaris, who was super consistent throughout in his best result in the past year in Asia.

Scot Barr finished T20 at 12 under, while Marcus Both was T51 at five under.

Meanwhile, in Japan, Brad Kennedy maintained his good recent form with another T4 finish in the Kansai Open.

It's Kennedy's third consecutive top-five finish in Japan and he was joined at one under by New South Welshman Kurt Barnes and Victorian David Bransdon, all eight strokes off runaway winner Shugo Imahara.

Matt Griffin was next best among the Aussies in Kyoto with his two-over total good for T13, while Adam Bland two shots further back and T21 and Todd Sinnott at seven over and T43.