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John Senden tunes up for next week's Open Championship with a first start in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2002.
The Aussie missed the cut at Loch Lomond on that occasion so will hope for more success on the classic links of Gullane this week. He's failed to make the weekend in five of his last seven starts on Scottish soil although a more positive spin is that he did manage to play all four rounds in two of the last four Opens held north of the English border (T45 at Carnoustie in 2007 and T48 at St Andrews in 2010). Senden arrives in Scotland on the back of a T8 on the Japan Tour's ISPS Handa Global Cup while prior to that he was T14 in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Jul 6 - 5:30 PM

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John Senden followed his opening 67 at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship with another to post 5-under 134 at the halfway point.

Those not good with numbers are going to have nightmares with today's wrinkle. Senden scored 2-under today and 36-hole par at the tournament is 139 due to the shortened 14th hole, which he happened to bogey with 4 today. But he's just four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
May 29 - 4:47 PM

John Senden shot 3-under-par 36-31=67 in his opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, coming to rest five strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Senden is validating his long-term value this season, but recent top 10s at the Match Play and PLAYERS have been nice finds. He missed the cut at Colonial last week. Today at TPC Four Seasons, the Aussie opened with a three-putt bogey from 43'7" at the par-4 first hole. He turned in 1-over before ratting off four birdies coming in. A set of three in a row was sparked by a 10-yard hole-out from the rough at the par-4 15th. Not surprisingly, at last check, he ranked second in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (4.306) but 107th in strokes gained: putting (-0.874).
May 28 - 6:41 PM

Bogey-free John Senden steals one in the round of 16 with a 2-and-1 victory over Hunter Mahan at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Senden, an unexpected Group 3 winner from the round-robin stage as the No. 60 seed, marches on to the quarterfinals unblemished. Mahan jumped out to the early lead with birdies on Nos. 1 and 4 to go 2-up thru four. After each exchanged birdie-3s on the par-4 eighth and pars on No. 9, that remained the deficit for the 44-year-old Aussie at the turn. Senden circled a birdie on the 10th to drop Mahan's lead to 1-up, and he added another par breaker on 12 to get the match to all square. He took his first lead of the match with par on 14 and went 2-up with birdie on the par-4 15th. Mahan closed to 1-down with birdie on 16 but Senden's two-putt par on the 17th was enough to advance. He will face Gary Woodland in the quarterfinals.
May 2 - 4:40 PM

John Senden turned away Brendon Todd 1-up in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

This was nothing more than an opportunity to stay competitively fresh for the round of 16. Senden had already clinched a berth into the round of 16 with his win over Bill Haas on Thursday, but a walk-off birdie at the par-5 18th boosted his slate to 3-0. Todd finished 0-3. Henrik Stenson (1-2) and Bill Haas (2-1) were also bounced.
May 1 - 5:24 PM

John Senden took advantage of the poor form of Bill Haas en route to a 4-and-3 victory in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

After taking down Henrik Stenson on Wednesday, Senden is suddenly a force in the tournament. Now, he managed to completed only 15 holes in even-par today, so he benefited from a scuffling Haas, who scored 5-over at TPC Harding Park, but a win is a win is a win. Haas' only lead came courtesy of Senden's bogey-4 at the second hole, but the Aussie evened with a birdie-3 at No. 3. Haas' erratic play eventually yielded Senden a 4-up margin through 14. The bleeding ended with par-4s at 15. Now 2-0, Senden will face Brendon Todd on Friday for the opportunity to advance to the round of 16. Haas (1-1) will attempt to tackle Stenson, who arrived with his tee time with Senden yesterday battling another illness. UPDATE: Stenson (1-1) has since beaten Todd (0-2), so Senden is assured of advancing as he owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with both Stenson and Haas.
Apr 30 - 7:37 PM

John Senden has eyes on TPC Harding as he preps for this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

The Aussie enters the week lacking any form and also lacking a strong match-play resume. He is 2-3-0 at this event and also 0-2-0 at the Volvo Match Play. Senden will open the week with matches against Brendon Todd, Henrik Stenson, and Bill Haas. It would be a longshot for Senden to come out of this group.
Apr 28 - 8:01 PM

John Senden finished in a share of eighth place at last year's Masters and he makes his way back for another shot this week.

The Aussie may have been motivated by his fellow countryman, Adam Scott, finally winning a green jacket for Australia. Last year's top 10 was his fifth trip to Augusta National and it overtook his T35 from the year before as his best ANGC finish to-date. Senden enters the week ranked 92nd in the FedExCup standings but also on the heels of three straight missed cuts.
Apr 7 - 9:31 PM

John Senden opened his title defense of the Valspar Championship with a 3-over-par 36-38=74.

Senden's form has escaped him for months now. Today's result was merely an extension of its absence. He split nine (of 13) fairways, but hit only 11 greens in regulation and corralled a lone birdie at the par-5 fifth. His only notable conversion dropped for par from 18'2" at the par-4 12th, and he squared two bogeys before walking off with a double bogey-6 at the ninth hole. This matches his highest aggregate of the season.
Mar 12 - 7:09 PM

John Senden returns to Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club's Copperhead Course to defend his 2014 Valspar Championship.

The Aussie not only won here last year, he also finished runner-up in 2007 and again in 2008. Clearly he's a course horse. His recent form is average at best, with his only top 25 of 2015 coming at the no-cut Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The difference in 2013-14 and 2014-15 has been the flat stick. He ranked 13th in strokes gained: putting last season but is an abysmal 183rd this season.
Mar 10 - 9:04 PM

John Senden enters the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines ranked 45th in the FedExCup standings.

Don't let the Aussie's lofty ranking fool anyone. His heavy lifting was done during the 2014 portion of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. Since the new year, he tied for 25th in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and finished 83rd in the Sony Open in Hawaii. He skipped this event last year, but tied for 27th in 2013.
Feb 4 - 10:28 PM

John Senden posted a 5-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, coming to rest just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

In his only previous trip to Kapalua, Senden manufactured only one red number, that a 71 in the finale of the 2007 edition, so today's success is a bonus. It's also a reminder of just how well he's played for the last 14 months. After trading five birdies with two bogeys through 13 holes, the Aussie strung together four pars before holing an eagle from inside six feet at the par-5 18th. His longest conversions of the walk measured 12'6" and 17'2" at the 10th and 11th holes, respectively, both dropping for birdie.
Jan 9 - 9:08 PM

John Senden rides a moderate wave of success into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week.

The Aussie punched his ticket with a win in the 2014 Valspar Championship. His recent returns have included a pair of top-10 finishes in his last four outings, with the most recent a T9 in the Australian PGA Championship. He has played The Plantation Course at Kapalua in just on other outing, scoring a T19 in 2007 with nothing better than a 71 on the card.
Jan 8 - 1:07 PM

John Senden erased one bogey with five birdies and signed for a 4-under-par 33-35=68 following his final round of the CIMB Classic.

It was a what-could-have-been week for the Aussie in Malaysia. He settled for an even-par 72 in the lid-lifter, and then beat 70 in each round thereafter. He'll take his form and talent to Shanghai, China for next week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions where he last played in 2012 but at Mission Hills. Sheshan International Golf Club will be hosting for the second consecutive edition.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 01:30:00 AM

John Senden tied for 18th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open two weeks ago and makes his second start of the 2014-15 season at the CIMB Classic.

Senden picked up his second PGA TOUR win at the Valspar Championship in March and added three other top-10 finishes since then. He did not tee it up at Kuala Lumpur G&CC last season, but this is potentially a good fit for his game. The course seems to favor solid ball-strikers, which as long been a calling card of his game.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 07:51:00 AM