If the title wasn’t already occupied by Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott Hend could perhaps be anointed ‘The most interesting man in golf’.
Like the Spaniard, Hend has an appreciation for fast cars and fine wine.
Fond of muscle cars, the Queenslander’s Twitter bio includes “Wish’n 4 a Ferrari....”, has twins named Aston and McLaren, while his social media accounts are regularly filled with pictures of French wines that fetch a pretty penny.
The unlikely duo also share unique fitness routines. Albeit Hend’s recent “weight lifting” of a case of wine before enjoying a sip while in isolation in Thailand might be more geared towards earning a laugh than Jimenez’s famed stretching routine.
Workout Tuesday with Hendy💪💪💪 Make use of what's at home🤔🤔🤔👍👍👍👊👊👊🍷🍷🍷⛳🏌️♂️ #golflife #loveit #BOOM #ItHappens @asiantourgolf @EuropeanTour @Etpi @PGAofAustralia @privateestatefx 🤣😂🤣😂🤣🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/w6zjxBWrO1— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) April 21, 2020
Hend is also arguably the most travelled professional golfer in the world, having taken up residence with wife Leanne in the United States in 2004.
Playing most of his golf on the Asian and European Tours nowadays, the Townsville born PGA professional, who unlike the majority of current Tour players completed his traineeship, has held a PGA Tour card and counts wins in Canada and Australia among his 15 worldwide pro wins.
The travel is par for the course for the Nudgee Golf Club member, however. Hend’s father Robert as a member of the Royal Australian Air Force uprooting the family regularly during the 46-year-old’s formative years.
Along with the travel and taste for some of the finer things in life, the list of achievements and reasons Hend stands out from the professional golf crowd are long.
He is an Olympian, having represented Australia with Marcus Fraser in 2016.
He was the first non-American to top the driving distance statistic on the PGA Tour, when he averaged 318.9 yards in 2005. A feat only matched by Rory McIlroy since.
His twitter account is one of the most engaging in the game. Hend speaking directly with fans, expressing unfiltered opinions and regularly offering Q&A sessions with no questions seemingly off limits, while his recent Instagram video segments of ‘Headless with Hendy’ welcoming a new Tour player guest each time are certainly worth watching.
Although not as full of colours that wouldn’t look out of place in a pack of highlighters as his days on the PGA Tour, Hend’s fashion once again identifies him as truly his own man. Most noticeably when it comes to his Raimondi custom shoes that have included Australian flag, metallic silver and skull and crossbones designs in recent years.
But amongst all of his career achievements that have seen him win multiple order of merit titles and tee it up in nine majors, what does the one-time World No.59 see as his own most memorable moment in game he loves like few others in his profession?
“I’ve always said before that I don’t really have just one favourite memory. Because obviously I appreciate everything that has happened and I wouldn’t take any of it back,” Hend told Golf Australia magazine from a hotel in Bangkok, where he remains with his wife and children until he can return home to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
“But I guess winning the Queensland Open, winning my state open, in 2003 I think it was, at Ipswich Golf Club.
“You know it is always great to win your state open and it was one of the nicest experiences I have had in the game.”
“I’ve got so many that I really can’t say one is exactly the pinnacle of my career.
“But winning the Queensland Open was one of them for sure.”
Perhaps an unsurprising answer from a Queenslander who loves playing golf at home so much he described his plans as, “Probably go and see if I can get a spot in the comp at Nudgee tomorrow” after missing the cut at the 2018 Australian PGA Championship.