Date: December 07, 2007
Author: Sportal

Hend leads Volvo Masters

Australian Scott Hend has fired a five-under-par round of 67 to take the joint lead at the halfway point of the Volvo Masters. Hend shot eight birdies in his second round and could have had the outright lead if it wasn&apost for a disastrous double bogey on the par-four 15th. “It was a good round of golf and it could have been better. I just got unlucky on the 15th hole. I just missed the fairway right and I was in a three by three inch divot. I only had sixty metres to get over the water but I could not get it over,” Hend said. “I was pretty angry. I really wanted to make two birdies coming in as I thought I played too good only to shoot three under. It is all good. It has been a while since I won so I want to win. I have something to prove to myself this week hopefully I can do that and next year come out and have a go at the Order of Merit.” Hend is joined at the top of the leaderboard by Juvic Pagunsan whose seven-under-par round of 65 was the best of the day. Overnight leader and fellow Aussie Scott Strange didn&apost find things as easy as he did on the opening day, but still managed a one-under-par round of 71 to be just one stroke off the lead in second place. He is joined there by New Zealander Mark Brown, who enjoyed a bogey-free round of 66. Australian Gavin Flint is a further two strokes behind after rounds of 70 and 68 sees him in a tie for sixth and still in the hunt for the title. Leading second round scores 135 – Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 70-65, Scott Hend (AUS) 68-67 136 – Mark Brown (NZL) 70-66, Scott Strange (AUS) 65-71 137 – Prom Meesawat (THA) 70-67 138 – Gavin Flint (AUS) 70-68, Chris Rodgers (ENG) 70-68, Gerald Rosales (PHI) 70-68, Angelo Que (PHI) 70-68, Simon Yates (SCO) 69-69, Lee Sung (KOR) 68-70, Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 67-71 139 – Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 70-69, Simon Griffiths (ENG) 68-71 140 – Taichiro Kiyota (JPN) 72-68, Chapchai Nirat (THA) 71-69, Chinarat Phadungsil (THA) 70-70 141 – Adam Blyth (AUS) 72-69, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 71-70, Lu Wei-chih (TPE) 71-70, Thammanoon Srirot (THA) 69-72 142 – Lin Wen-Tang (TPE) 72-70, Adam Groom (AUS) 72-70, Shiv Kapur (IND) 70-72, S.S.P. Chowrasia (IND) 69-73, Tony Lascuna (PHI) 69-73