Date: October 06, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Hend makes his move in Korea

Australian Scott Hend was just four shots from the lead when play was suspended due to darkness midway through the third round of the CJ Invitational in South Korea. Hend had made seven birdies through 14 holes before the darkness descended on the Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club, with the three bogeys on his card keeping him from being even closer to Thailand&aposs Chinnarat Phadungsil. Chinnarat is one shot clear at the head of proceedings at 12-under par, but tournament host K.J. Choi is hot on his heels and just one shot off the pace. The duo do have nine holes remaining in their third round and there are a host of players within striking distance should they falter when play resumes on Sunday. Kim Dae-hwan sits alone at 10 under, one stroke ahead of Lee Dong-hwan, while Hend is in a group of nine players tied for fifth place at eight under. Of the other Australians participating in the tournament co-sanctioned by the Asian and Korean Golf Tours, the in-form Darren Beck (-5) and Marcus Both (-1) are well placed in red figures. Compatriot Scott Barr is even par, while Rick Kulacz (+1) and Adam Blyth (+5) have plenty of work to do to shoot their way back into contention. Kulacz may have been just a shot back after the first round and was on even par when play was suspended in the second round on Friday, but has struggled since play resumed on Saturday morning.