Scott Hend boomed down the back nine in 32 shots to take the lead

Scott Hend played the back nine in 32 shots to take the lead at the True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain.

His round of 66 was marred by a three-putt on the final green, but it was still enough to give him a one-shot lead after three rounds of the True Thailand Classic.

We are likely to hear a lot about big-hitting Aussies over the new few weeks in the cricket world cup, but here was one on the golf course in Thailand.

The 41-year-old started the back nine with a birdie from six feet on the 10th. On the 609-yard 13th a 400-yard drive followed by a 5-iron was almost enough .but his ball sneaked passed the edge of the hole and left him with a 3ft putt for eagle.

The Australian thought he may have made have made a albatross: “I did wonder if it had gone in when I heard the cheers – I couldn’t see the hole from where I was. It hit a nice little 5-iron and got a good bounce on the fringe of the green.”

Hend then chipped in for another birdie at the 15th and almost drove the 361-yard 17th for a simple birdie.

“It was a good round and puts me in a good position,” said Hend. “I played very solidly and putted quite well. I only made one mistake so it was pretty good.

“I’m very lucky and privileged to be playing golf for a living and this is where you want to be, in the last group on a Sunday.”

He will be joined in the final group by Tongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jiménez, who lie one shot back. It will be a venerable final three-ball, with 41-year-old Hend as the stripling of the group.