Three-time European Tour winner Scott Hend says he’s “done” with Europe, politics and lying to players as he denied being sexist for not wanting to play in the Australian Open.
Hend was accused of being “sexist elitist” after confirming he wouldn’t be participating in the golf tournament where male and female competitors will peg it up in the same week.
It will be the first time in the tournament’s history that both genders will compete at the same time.
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Mate I’d love to come Play the Australian Open @GolfAust, yet I’ve been hammered as a sexist elitist by some people for my stance that the Women and Men should have their “Own Week” and not 2 cuts for this prestigious event. That being my stance, I can’t come. #golflife #Brutal https://t.co/gF5k6aTX3k
— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) October 31, 2022
There is also the addition that the prize money will be the same, with each champion taking home a check for AU$1.7M.
Hend told Fox Sports:
“I’ve already been called a ‘sexist elitist’, which I’m not.
“My exact words were I believe the Australian Open is such a prestigious event, the women and the men deserve their own week for the event.
“It’s nothing about being against women playing golf, it’s nothing about prize money being exactly the same … it’s just about the event having the history of how long the event [has been going for, that] both men and women should have their own week to shine.”
“That’s all I’ve said, and that’s what I firmly believe in. So that being the case, I haven’t entered to play, I’m not going to try to pre-qualify … because I still believe that both men and women should have their own week to stand out and shine by themselves, not together, when people are going to compare them against each other in the one tournament.
“That’s not what the Australian Open is all about.”
Hend, 49, has also been unflinching in his opinions on how the emergence of the LIV Golf League has affected the game.
In June, he blasted the DP World Tour over their sanctioning of players who had played in LIV’s curtain-raising event at Centurion Club.
The European-based circuit found players £100,000 and banned them from participating in three events co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour.
Next February, there will be a Sports Resolutions UK hearing that will determine if the DP World Tour have the legal power to ban LIV players.
DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley
It was at this time that Hend also said he was finished £12,000 by the DP World Tour for teeing it up in an International Series event on the Asian Tour.
The International Series is being bankrolled by the same people financing LIV Golf. The two tours are in an alliance and players in these events can qualify for LIV Golf tournaments.
Hend told Bunkered he believed this action was petty and childish. Now he says he is done with Europe.
He also told Fox Sports:
“I’m done with Europe, I’m done with the politics, I’m done with the lying to players, I’m done with having to ask for a release when I want to go play in other tournaments.
“For the last 25 years I’ve played where I want, when I want and I haven’t had to ask for permission to go to play another event.
“Now … if you want to play in another place, you need to get permission from that tour, otherwise they’re going to sanction you, so if that’s going to be the case, I don’t want to be involved in that anymore .
“I play golf because I love playing golf. I don’t want to have to get permission every week to go play somewhere else.”
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