Terrific Turner fifth in Venetian Macao Open

Niall Turner. Picture via AsianTour.com

Muskerry's Niall Turner closed with a foul under 67 to finish a one fifth in the Venetian Macao Open on the Asian Tour to bank a cool $41,000 - his biggest cheque since turning professional.

Runner up to Shane Lowry in the Irish Close final in Cork in 2007, the Munster star has six birdies and two bogeys in his final round at Macau Golf and Country Club. Scores

The Cork man finished on 12 under and earned $41,000 to soar from 119th to 49th in the Asian Tour's Order of Merit with $47,335 from just four starts this year.

Turner's best finish in Asia came in 2012 when he was third in the Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic, earning $18,300

Australian Scott Hend claimed a second Venetian Macao Open victory in three years after holding off title holder Anirban Lahiri and Chiragh Kumar of India with an impressive final round of five-under-par 66

Big-hitting Hend cruised to a three-stroke triumph a to become only the second player after China’s Zhang Lian-wei to win twice at the US$1 million Asian Tour event with a tournament record of 20-under-par 264.

Niall Turner. Picture via AsianTour.com

Venetian Macao Open, Final

264 – Scott HEND (AUS) 66-68-64-66.

267 – Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 67-66-69-65, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 66-67-68-66.

270 – Brett MUNSON (USA) 66-74-65-65.

272 – Niall TURNER (IRL) 70-68-67-67.

273 – Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 67-72-67-67, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 68-71-66-68.

274 – Javi COLOMO (ESP) 66-72-69-67, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 68-66-69-71, Rashid KHAN (IND) 70-65-68-71.

275 – PAN Cheng-tsung (TPE) 71-68-68-68, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 68-65-72-70.

276 – Bongsub KIM (KOR) 71-68-69-68, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 72-66-67-71.

277 – David LIPSKY (USA) 71-67-67-72, Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 65-68-71-73.