He has one eye on the Asian Tour Order of Merit but the call of the Swiss mountains has proven impossible to resist yet again for Scott Hend.
The Queenslander makes his return to the European Tour this week at the Omega European Masters to be played again at the spectacular Crans-sur-Sierre golf course in Crans Montana, a venue where Hend was runner-up in both 2016 and 2017.
Winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit three years ago, a win at the co-sanctioned Maybank Championship in Malaysia in March put Hend in the box seat yet again.
He has since dropped to second behind Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond but has been lured back to one of his favourite weeks of the year to build on his current standing of 39th in the Race to Dubai rankings rather than contest the Bank BRI Indonesia Open.
Few professional golfers cover as much territory than Hend over the course of a year with the 46-year-old playing in Korea, Spain, Ireland, Scotland and Malaysia in his past five starts.
South Australian Wade Ormsby will be hoping to build on his fifth-place finish last week in Sweden in his 10th appearance at Crans-sur-Sierre while Brett Rumford will call on the memories of his win in this event 12 years ago.
Other Australians in the field are Sam Brazel, Min Woo Lee, Lucas Herbert, Jason Scrivener, Jake McLeod, Nick Cullen, Deyen Lawson and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox.
The European Challenge Tour is in Belgium this week for the KPMG Trophy at Millennium Golf where Ben Eccles and Kiwi Josh Geary will tee it up while Peter Fowler is the lone Aussie in the field at The Sinclair Invitational at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club in England on the Staysure Tour.
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