Back on course for tour success
A CHANCE switch to a heavier putter, and contentment with his life, has popular Queensland golfer John Senden thinking about winning a major or two.
The lanky 43-year-old managed to turn his worst season on the US Tour in 2013 into his best this year with the help of his family, long-time coach Ian Triggs and personal physio
therapist Michael Dalgleish.
Senden banked $A770,000 from 25 tournaments last year, and for the first time since 2002 did not post a top-10 finish.
This year he won his second Tour event, the Valspar Championship in Florida, which he clinched with a spectacular chip-in birdie at the 16th hole and a pressure eight-metre birdie putt at the 17th.
He made 22 of his 27 cuts, the win and five top-10 finishes giving him a tidy $3.3 million pay-off, the best of his US career.
Senden was practising on the green one afternoon in South Carolina late last year when he picked up a putter and rolled a few in the cup.
"It was one of those face-balance putters with a line on the back. It improved my alignment straight away," Senden told APN.
"It was a little heavier than the old Pings and Scotty Cameron styles.
"I liked the heavier feel straight away and it helped me get things fundamentally sound again."
Senden said Triggs, who also coaches another Queensland golfer, Karrie Webb, had made some minor changes to his swing which made him feel good about his game.
"With the team I have around me, my family, Triggsy, people like Michael Dalgleish, keeping the body in line, it's all a package and without the team work, as you know, the driver can't go forward," he said.
"... a major is still my goal and with golf, if you do the work anything can happen."
Senden is not playing in the Australian Masters which starts at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne today, but said he believed fellow Queenslander Adam Scott could create history by winning his third yellow jacket in a row.
"Adam has been looking fantastic this year, even when he went from No.1 to No.2 he was playing some unbelievable golf, it was just that Rory McIlroy was just sensational at times," Senden said.
Scott was quoted the $3.25 favourite with Tattsbet yesterday. US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy was on the next line at $15, ahead of a group of five players at $23, including American Boo Weekley.