An Unexpected Charge from Down Under

by G. Rennie

MastersMost golf fans expected a strong showing from at least one Australian golfer and they were all proved right as Adam Scott continued his great play in round two of The Masters, carding a backside 33 to salvage par for the day which placed him tied for third after 36 holes. Some others touted Jason Day for contention even with his thumb injury which has kept him on the sidelines since his WGC Match Play win in February. Day made the weekend on the cut line at +4 but is unlikely to contend from 11 strokes off the lead held by the other lefty, the unique Bubba Watson.

But it’s unheralded forty something John Senden who tied for the low round of the day with a 68 and is in second place and will play in the last pairing of Saturday’s round three with past champion Bubba.



Senden won his second PGA Tour event in the Florida swing last month at the Valspar Championship on the tight and treacherous Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. The book on Senden was fine ball striker with an average short game and a balky putter. Well his short game and hot putter carried him to a million dollar payday in Tampa and shot him way up the leaderboard today on the fast and firm Augusta National greens.

Level par from round one didn’t last long with an opening birdie followed by another on number four. That’s when Senden got it going with three birds, on the 5th, 7th and 8th holes, to post a front nine 35. Three more birdies on the back side for 33 and Senden was sitting pretty. The highlight of his round, maybe of any round today, was a slick 15 footer from right of the hole on number 11. Nobody birdies 11!  Six total birdies all coming after two early bogeys should give this journeyman a boatload of confidence going into the weekend. Vegamite sandwiches for all.


Lots of blood on these score cards and not much movement in the standings:
G.Rennie- +3      Holds onto lead with move by Spieth.
Big Dick –  +12     Kuuuuuuuuch and Rickie keep him in it.
Big Skins –   +14   The Spanish Armada has sunk.
The Greek – +19  Hercules was on the Spieth bandwagon as well.
Lil Skins –   + 27   What can I say, you can’t pick 64 year olds to win here.


You probably shouldn’t pick senior citizens to win  The Masters but you could have made a lot of do-re-me if you bet that 6 old timers, Champions Tour players, would make the cut. It’s no surprise that Freddie is in the mix but Sandy Lyle? Wow! They’re joined by fellow gray beards Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer, Larry Mize and Miguel Angel Jiminez (he’s a red beard). I don’t know what they are taking but I want some. Pass the Geritol.


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