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Scott Hend opts out of dual-gender national open, denies sexist elitist call, women and men both playing

Olympian Scott Hend denies he’s a “sexist elitist”, but refuses to budge on his decision to skip next month’s historic dual-gender Australian Open because of the new format.

Hend has returned home for the first time since 2019 to play in this week’s Queensland PGA at Nudgee and next week’s Australian PGA at Royal Queensland.

However, the 49-year-old Queenslander, who represented Australia at the Rio Olympics in 2016, won’t stay for the following week’s Australian Open at the Victoria and Kingston Heath clubs because he believes men and women should not be playing together in that event.

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It will be the first national open in which women will play alongside men. Equal prizemoney of $1.7 million will be on offer, as well separate trophies for the…

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