Scott Hend used the stands behind the 18th green at the Maybank Championship to his advantage

We’ve seen players use the grandstands surrounding greens before, but most of the time it appears to be done accidentally.

Scott Hend, however, definitely used the grand stands on purpose during the Maybank Championship on Saturday. Coming off a birdie on the par-3 17th, Hend’s second shot on the par-5 18th hole found the trees on the right side of the fairway. Without many options, Hend decided now was the time to pull a trick out of his bag and use a nice backstop.

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He hit a low punch shot that smacked the grandstand and bounded back onto the green, setting him up for an easy two-putt par.

If you’re wondering whether or not Hend MEANT to do that, he answered that question on Twitter after the round.

Apparently, players had been practicing using the stands as a back stop during the practice rounds.

At least with this it’s not players colluding and working together like we saw on the LPGA Tour a month ago.

Author: Michael Shamburger

Michael is the founder and Editor in Chief of The Stiff Shaft. He spent 15 years covering golf for TheBigLead, Golfweek, and Golf Channel. Don't base your opinion on those of others. Do your research and form your own opinions.

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