Date: November 12, 2011
Author: Steve Orme, Sportal

Senden: One of my best

John Senden says his sizzling nine-under 63 on day three of the Emirates Australian Open is among his finest rounds as a professional. The 40-year-old veteran will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the championship after scorching around the tricky Lakes layout in relatively calm conditions. He began the day six shots adrift of overnight leader Tiger Woods but stormed home with consecutive birdies at the 17th and 18th to lead Jason Day by a shot at 12-under par. His flawless round including a spectacular hole-out for eagle from 102m at the par-four 6th as well as seven birdies. “I shot 65 at Royal Sydney,” Senden said in reference to his final round on the way to victory at the 2006 Open. “That was seven under and one of my favourite rounds in Australia, but shooting nine under is something you don&apost do very often and you have to take it when you get it and put yourself in contention.” “It was a good day. I started off with a birdie on five and holed that (wedge) shot on six.” “I definitely felt good after five or six holes after I holed that shot and felt comfortable.” “The goal was to stay in the moment and I felt I did that pretty well all the way to the end.” “I need to set the challenge and see if I can do it again tomorrow.” Asked how he will approach the final round, Senden replied: “I&aposd be lying if I said I wouldn&apost be nervous. I think every player gets nervous about how you deal with it.” “I think it is about being in the moment, playing golf shots one at a time and doing the best you can with your mental work and routine.” “You have fun and enjoy it rather than make it stressful. That is all I can hope for tomorrow.” He added when asked how much a second Open triumph would mean to him: “This is our national Open. It is our favourite event to play. It is special being a winner back in &apos06. I feel quite happy and comfortable at this event but we&aposll see what happens tomorrow.” The laid-back Queenslander will play alongside Day in the final pairing at 12.35pm on Sunday afternoon and says he&aposs happy with the state of his game after a solid 2011 season to date. “I&aposve had a good season in America and finished up well in the Fed Ex Cup,” he said. “I had a good run of tournaments through Malaysia and also in Shanghai last week where I finished 19th.” “I was playing solid and I like to come home and play my way into these events.” “In other years I have come home and had a bit of a break and then tried to get into the Australian tournaments, but coming in with some momentum helped me.”