Date: June 23, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Hend leads in Germany

Australians are prominent in tournaments across the world today, headed by Scott Hend at the BMW International in Germany.

Hend fired a sensational 67 in windy conditions to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof at six-under par.

Another Australian, Nic Cullen, is in the mix at four-under.

The 44-year-old Hend, a two-time winner in Europe, has had a best finish of 14th in the Italian Open this year.

 “I just played conservatively,” he said. “Just trying to play on to the fairways and keep out of the long brown stuff.

“It's just patience. When it's this windy, if you're not patient you're going to get smashed, it's as simple as that. If you try to push for a birdie or whatever, if you hit it in the rough and make a bogey, it's great, if you get less than a bogey then it's a bonus. It's just one of those golf courses that is quite punishing.”

On the US PGA Tour, New South Welshman Matt Jones is having a great week in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, tied-second after two rounds.

Jones, who reclaimed his playing rights at the end of last year, carded a 66 today and is only one shot behind the leader, American Brian Harman.

World No. 9 Jason Day is also playing well, tied-11th at six-under par, four behind Harman’s 10-under.

On the LPGA Tour, Western Australia’s Minjee Lee and Queenslander Katherine Kirk are both in the top 10 at the NW Arkansas Championship through two rounds.