Australian professional golfer Scott Hind has never been afraid to make his feelings known.
The 49-year-old winner of 10 events on the Asian Tour is such a firm believer in the freedom to play wherever a player wants that he said in July that if the LIV Tour held qualifying stages, he would undoubtedly sign up.
Throw it in there…..if @employee It was to have a Q-school and a $5k entry fee with the top 2 players playing the entire season events… How many players would get in…. ?? $$$$$$$ # Tale #JustSayn #whats up
– Scott Hind (@hendygolf) July 3, 2022
– Scott Hind (@hendygolf) July 3, 2022
He has now been singled out for comments made about the upcoming Australian Open, and changes allowing the men’s and women’s tournaments to be played on the same course, at the same time.
Hind is back home to play in the Queensland PGA this week and the Australian PGA next, but has decided not to enter the country’s main event because he believes the combined event diminishes prestige.
In a tweet posted at the end of October, Hind mentioned that he had been called “sexually elite” by some people, but made it clear that he simply wanted both events to have “their own week”.
Dude, I’d like to come to play the Australian Open @employeeHowever, some people have called me a sexist elitist for my stance that women and men should have “their own week” and not two pieces for the prestigious event. This is my position, I can’t come. # Tale #cruel https://t.co/gF5k6aTX3k
– Scott Hind (@hendygolf) October 31, 2022
The 2016 Asian Order of Merit expanded on his post via Fox Sports:
“My exact words were I think the Australian Open is a prestigious event. The men and women deserve their own week for this event.
Nothing about it being against women in golf, nothing about the prize money being exactly the same…it’s just that the event has a history the length of the event (which lasts, which) both men and women should have their own week to shine. “
Hind continued, “That’s all I said, and that’s what I firmly believe in. And because I didn’t play, I wouldn’t try to pre-qualify… because I still believe both men and women should have their own week to stand out and shine themselves, not together, when people compare them to each other.” Some in one cycle.
“That’s not what the Australian Open is about.”
The women’s event has been won by the likes of elite players of their era, such as Carrie Webb, Laura Davies, Jiayi Shin, Lydia Ko, Jin Young Ko, Nelly Korda and Inbei Park – roll call!
The men’s roster is equally impressive, featuring winners Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Cam Davies along with legends names Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and current LIV CEO Greg Norman, a winner on five occasions.
It’s a huge deal for a homegrown not to play in the event, and while Hind has no issues with gender mixing at other events, he’s standing by that decision.
When asked if he received an invitation, Hind replied, “I didn’t ask, I didn’t get in, I don’t want to be a hypocrite…. I still think both sexes deserve their own week. Not sure how this isn’t a women’s golf pro…..”
With the Australian Open underway, Hind will play in the Indonesian Masters, part of the Asian Tour he knows well.
With recent links between the Asian Tour and LIV sponsors, the irony of not trying to follow Norman into the Victoria winner’s circle is not lost – especially after his comments on leaving the DP World Tour since 2023.
Continuing with his stance on freedom, and believing he felt the DP World Tour was “frivolous and childish” when issuing penalties against LIV players, he decided enough was enough.
He said, “I’m done with Europe, I’m done with politics, I’m done with lying to players, I’m done with having to ask for a release when I want to play in other leagues.” .
“For the past 25 years I’ve played where I want, when I want and never had to ask permission to go play another event.”
He continued, “Now… if you want to play somewhere else, you need to get permission from that tour, otherwise they’ll punish you, so if that’s the case, I don’t want to participate in that anymore.”
“I play golf because I love to play golf. I don’t want to get permission every week to go play somewhere else.”
With LIV arriving in Adelaide as part of the revamped 2023 schedule, Hend has her eye on any chance to jump out, hoping to qualify for a money-rich run through the Asian Tour.
“I’m 50 in August. People say I’m washed up, I’m done, I have nothing left, but if I can produce what I know I can produce, I can qualify through the Asian Tour”
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