Date: March 11, 2008
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Senden finishes second in Florida

John Senden shot a magnificent final round of four-under par to finish in a tie for second place two strokes behind USA&aposs Sean O&aposHair at the PODS Championship in Tampa Bay. The Australian&aposs final round included four birdies and a superb eagle on the par-five 14th, but two bogeys in three holes ultimately cost him his chance at victory. O&aposHair took advantage of a collapse by Stewart Cink to return to the winner&aposs circle, he carded a two-under-par 69 to win the Championship and pocket the first prize of just over one million dollars. It was the second victory of his career for O&aposHair, whose only other win came at the John Deere Classic in July 2005. Senden tied for second place with Japan&aposs Ryuji Imada, and American quartet George McNeill, Troy Matteson, Billy Mayfair and Cink. It was a good final round for the Australians, with Rod Pampling shooting a two-under par round to finish in a tie for eighth just, while Stuart Appleby and Geoff Oglivy finished at even for the tournament in a tie for 10th. Robert Allenby and Matthew Goggin both benefited from good final rounds to finish in a tie for 14th at one-over par. Final Round of the PODS Championship, Tampa Bay (Par 71): -4: Sean O&aposHair 69 71 71 69 -2: John Senden (Australia) 67 74 74 67, Stewart Cink 66 73 69 74, Ryuji Imada 72 70 72 68, George McNeill 70 72 71 69, Billy Mayfair 68 71 71 72, Troy Matteson 70 72 71 69 -1: Rod Pampling (Australia) 70 71 73 69, Brandt Snedeker 69 68 73 73 E: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 69 72 69 74, Stuart Appleby (Australia) 66 73, 74, 71, Lee Janzen 65 74, 75, 70, Tom Pernice Jr. 67 73 71 73. Also: +1: Matthew Goggin (Australia) 72 72 71 70, Robert Allenby (Australia) 70 73 73 69 +3: Nathan Green (Australia) 67 77 71 72 +7: Steve Elkington (Australia) 73 68 73 77 +8: Matt Jones (Australia) 72 72 73 75, Peter Lonard (Australia) 69 75 73 75 +9: Nick Flanagan (Australia) 70 75 74 74 Missed cut: Jason Day (Australia), Nick O&aposHern (Australia), Stephen Leaney (Australia), Brett Rumford (Australia) Withdrawn: Mark Hensby (Australia)