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Asia Focus Hend Claims AT Merit Crown Scott Hend secured the prestigious Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown at the seasonending UBS Hong Kong Open in December, becoming the first Australian to win the title and the fourth player to surpass US$1 million in earnings during a season. The 43-year-old won twice at the True Thailand Classic and Queen’s Cup, also in Thailand, and finished top-10 on three other occasions including a runner-up outing at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland during a memorable 2016 campaign. “It’s quite special. Obviously winning any Order of Merit anywhere is very special, and this will stay with me forever,” said Hend. A disappointing campaign in the World Golf Championships event in Doral at the start of the year proved to be the spark that Hend needed to get his 2016 season going as he returned to Asia the following week and won in Thailand. Photo by Daniel Wong

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