Date: October 11, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Hend two off the pace

Australian Scott Hend has made a great start to the Macau Open to be tied for second after the opening round on Thursday. Hend carded a brilliant six-under-par round of 65 at the Macau Golf & Country Club to be two shots behind leader Gaganjeet Bhullar of India. He picked up three shots in his first five holes, but really excelled on the back nine with five birdies in his final seven holes. Compatriot Kieran Pratt also had a positive start with an eagle on the par-four third the highlight of his round of 66 that has him in a tie for fourth. Tim Stewart is one of seven players a further stroke back, while Adam Blyth opened with a 68. Darren Tan is also well placed at two under, one shot ahead of Scott Barr, Marcus Fraser and Unho Park. But they are all chasing Bhullar, who after beginning his round with a bogey carded an impressive nine birdies in his 63. Thailand&aposs Prom Meesawat is alongside Hend in second place, while Irishman Niall Turner, Bangladeshi Siddikur and Thailand&aposs Thongchai Jaidee are equal with Pratt at five under.