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John Senden

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (47) / 4/20/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 200

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John Senden impressed in his return to the PGA TOUR, compiling a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the RBC Heritage, staking out a share of 20th place at day's end. UPDATE: Senden ended up missing the cut by one shot after a second-round 74.
The Aussie has been out of action for nearly a year to be with his son during his battle with a brain tumor. Senden is finally ready to return to the workplace and he didn't skip a beat today. The 46-year-old split 13 (of 14) fairways en route to 12 greens in regulation. His highlight on the green was a 28'9" birdie bomb at the par-3 14th. Gamers should keep a close eye on Senden as the week progresses but the early signs in this return are very promising. Apr 12 - 7:25 PM

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John Senden is returning from a lengthy layoff as he turns his attention toward Harbour Town Golf Links at this week's RBC Heritage.

Senden took a leave of absence at the end of last April. His son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and he wanted to be there for his son (and family) during the trying time. The Aussie made a rehab start on the circuit a few weeks ago, missing the cut at the Louisiana Open with rounds of 70-74. With his son, Jacob, making good progress, he is ready to return to golf. Fantasy gamers shouldn't feel the need to jump back in right away, given the rust factor, but Senden may flash some form before spring is over.
Apr 10 - 9:24 AM

John Senden missed the cut in his return to competitive golf and will now turn his attention toward preparation for the RBC Heritage in two weeks.

The Aussie took a leave of absence last year to be with his son during his son's medical battle. His son, Jacob, is making good progress and now the elder Senden is inspired by his fight, ready to return to the battleground himself. Senden posted rounds of 70-74 during last week's Louisiana Open on the Tour. The terms of his Major Medical would allow five rehab starts but Senden plans to make just that one. According to Kevin Prise of, His upcoming schedule will include the RBC Heritage, Valero Texas Open, Wells Fargo Championship, and AT&T Byron Nelson. The 46-year-old will have 13 starts on a Major Medical Extension to earn 309.763 FedExCup Points.
Mar 26 - 4:02 PM

World No. 488 John Senden has been away from the PGA TOUR since an April 29, 2017 announcement that his son had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. UPDATE: Senden returned to action on Mar. 22nd and shot a 1-under 70 in a rehab start at the Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

It's unclear when the 46-year-old will return to action, but when he does, he will have 13 starts on a Major Medical Extension (family) to earn 309.763 FedExCup points and retain status. He was limited to 14 starts during the 2016-17 campaign, cashing five times with a best of T31 at the Shriners in November, 2016. The Aussie is a two-time winner on TOUR in 428 career events, most recently at the 2014 Valspar 83 starts ago, where he came from two back with 1-under 70 to win by one, ending a victory drought of six years, eight months (2006 John Deere). Senden has 43 career top 10s but just one in his last 42 starts, a T10 at the 2016 Honda.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:23:00 PM

In an email statement to the PGA TOUR and distributed by PGA TOUR Communications, John Senden announced he is taking time away from the TOUR to attend to a family matter. Below is the full statement provided by his agent in Australia.

"Earlier this week I withdrew from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to be with my wife Jackie and son Jacob while he battles some health issues. Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far having been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As a family, we appreciate the support and kindness that everyone has offered us at this difficult time. Together, we will stand strong to tackle this disease and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer free. We are grateful for the outpouring of love we have experienced and ask that you keep Jacob in your prayers and hearts. I have no timeline for my return to the PGA TOUR at this stage."
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 07:37:00 PM

John Senden constructed a bogey-free card of 4-under-par 33-35=68 which earned him T4 on 10-under 206 in the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland.

The local initially made his move on the front nine, splashing red at the 4th, 8th and 9th holes. Whilst others struggled in a day of blustering wind, he remained calm and collected. The back nine witnessed plenty of blue for the key challengers so Senden's eight pars and sole birdie at the 17th represented a solid achievement; he duly progressed up the leaderboard. He lies four back of the leader Andrew Dodt and will play the final round alongside pre-tourney favorite Adam Scott. Senden has not contended for a title since he was T3 after 54 holes of last year's UNIQLO (Australian) Masters; he finished T2. Before that you must go back to early 2014 when he was again T3 after three rounds in the Valspar Championship and PLAYERS' Championship; he won the former and was T26 in the latter.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:15:00 AM

John Senden pieced together a 5-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, positioning himself six shots off the remarkable pace set by Rod Pampling.

Senden found just five fairways but recovered to still manage 14 greens. The irons were quality more often than not, leading to 12 par-breaking looks from inside 20 feet. Senden converted on six of those birdies, swallowing just one bogey in the process. The most notable birdie splash came from 39'5" at the par-4 10th. Senden is no stranger to Shriners success as he entered the week with a 6-for-8 record that includes five top 30s. The 45-year-old remains one of the top ball-strikers on TOUR, which should allow him to hang around all week here in Las Vegas.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 04:48:00 PM

John Senden tossed up a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of The Barclays to conclude his 10th appearance on even-par 284 (70-71-75-68), up 14 places to T41 with play still in progress.

The 45-year-old extended his Playoffs run to 10 straight but entered the week 99th in the FedExCup standings -- with only the top 100 advancing to the Deutsche Bank. He's safely on to the next round, projecting at 87th, largely due to his final lap, which yielded three birdies on 13 greens in regulation. The Aussie's stats for the week reflect his place on the leaderboard, but he is currently No. 1 in pars with 58, not a bad score at Bethpage Black. Senden's other 14 holes exchanged seven birdies with seven bogeys.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 01:41:00 PM

John Senden is in Farmingdale, New York, for The Barclays at Bethpage State Park's Black Course and ended the regular season with one top 10 (T10, The Honda Classic) in 26 events.

The Aussie is one of 16 players who have qualified for all 10 editions of the FedExCup Playoffs. He was the last of the 16 to get in this year, checking in a 99th in the FEC standings. Last year, he arrived No. 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking and this year he slots in at No. 111, so it's been an off year (two years) for the 45-year-old. He's made 15 cuts in 26 starts, but has also missed 11 cuts, reaching double digits in missed cuts for the first time in 13 years (2003), where he missed 11 cuts in 33 events, his second season on TOUR. Senden has played in all nine previous editions of The Barclays with no top 10s and a best of T15 in 2010 (Ridgewood CC). He was T19 at the 2012 edition (Bethpage Black) with rounds of 68-68-72-74.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 01:30:00 PM

John Senden conjured up an even-par 33-37=70 in the second round of the 98th PGA Championship to arrive at the midpoint on 2-under 138, currently T13 on the leaderboard, down eight places on the day.

The 45-year-old's opening 68 tied his personal best in the tournament (31 rounds). He shot the number on two prior occasions, opening the 2011 edition at par-70 AAC with back-to-back 68s, before 72-72 and T19. The Aussie improved to 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation on Day 2, but dipped from 1.600 putts per GIR in R1 to a pedestrian 1.929. He squared bogey-5s at the third and the 13th, the latter a 3-putt from 51'7", but leveled the card with a 37'3" birdie-2 at the fourth and a 15-footer at the par-4 seventh.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 01:42:00 PM

With a walk-off birdie at No. 9, John Senden completed a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in round one of the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey, three shots behind leader Jimmy Walker.

Despite hitting just 4 (of 14) fairways, Senden matched the scores of fellow Aussies Jason Day and Scott Hend via four birdies against two bogeys on the Lower Course today. His first circle came at No. 11 after stuffing his approach to inside five feet and he picked off two more at 16 and 18 to turn in 33. The 45-year-old wobbled with bogeys at 5 and 7 after loose drives but drained a 15'8" putt at his final hole to climb inside the top 10. He found just 10 greens in regulation so had to lean heavily on his short game to produce a score like this.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 06:25:00 PM

John Senden grinded out a 1-under-par 34-36=70 during round two of the Quicken Loans National, arriving at 5-under 137 entering the weekend.

The Aussie didn't have his best stuff today, splitting just six (of 14) fairways and landing 12 greens in regulation. His putter came to the rescue as he gained 2.117 strokes with the flat stick, rolling in four putts from outside nine feet. The longest was a 23'10" birdie bomb at the par-4 third hole. Senden will need to tidy up the ball-striking over the weekend, but is in great position just three strokes off the early pace set by Vijay Singh.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 01:42:00 PM

John Senden styled a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-33=67 to open his week at the Quicken Loans National, currently three off the early pacesetter Jon Rahm.

Senden put his ball-striking on cruise control today, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 15 greens in regulation. Despite the high GIR percentage, he really didn't put himself in the best position to score. All four of his birdie conversion came on putts from outside seven feet, most notably a 22'7" birdie bomb on the par-4 18th hole. With preferred lies being used during round one, Senden took full advantage by hitting the fairway at a high clip. He will need to maintain that steady driving if he wants to keep his name near the top of the leaderboard as the week progresses.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 07:51:00 PM

John Senden survived an uncharacteristic day of poor ball-striking with an even-par 37-35=72 during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, but he remains in the mix at 4-under 140.

The Aussie missed eight (of 14) fairways and landed just six greens in regulation on the round. He also found water on the par-5 seventh, and still managed just one bogey on his card. If you've followed Senden for long, you know this is the exact opposite of his usual style of play. Regardless of how he put the pars on the scorecard, his 11-for-12 scrambling day keeps him four off the current leader, Andrew Loupe, as he heads into the weekend.
Fri, May 6, 2016 06:42:00 PM

John Senden styled a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

The Aussie opened with a bang, rolling in a 14'5" birdie on the par-4 first hole. He tacked on a couple tap-in birdies at the par 5s to offset a bogey at the par-4 third hole, making the turn at 2-under. Senden failed to birdie the par-5 10th hole, but did splash in a 12'11" birdie at the par-5 15th, closing his day at 3-under on the par 5s. Senden entered with nine top 40s on his Quail Hollow record (11 starts) and he's off to another strong start.
Thu, May 5, 2016 12:55:00 PM