Senden second; looks to follow in Scott's footsteps


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Another Masters, another Australian vying for a green jacket. The only thing that has changed is the name and the onus of being the nation’s first to claim the green jacket.

John Senden followed an opening-round 72 with a 68 on Friday to move within three shots of front-runner Bubba Watson and into second place on a golf course made more demanding by swirling winds and increasingly fast greens.

“It felt more like a 64 with the way course was playing out there,” Senden said.

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Senden, who won the Valspar Championship, got off to a slow start with bogeys at two of his first four holes but turned in 1 under par and was bogey-free coming in for his 4-under card. It was a dramatic turnaround for the Australian whose best finish in four starts at the Masters is a tie for 35th place (2013) and he credited Adam Scott’s breakthrough victory last year as his primary motivation.

“The hype he gave to Australian players and the amount of players who have been playing well on the PGA Tour this year, it’s amazing the way it’s all a big run up to the Masters,” he said. “Adam Scott has inspired us.”