Senden last Aussie standing at WGC
John Senden is the only Australian left in the WGC Match Play Championship after defeating fellow countryman Jason Day 6&5 in the second round at Dove Mountain in Arizona.
Senden, seeded 39th in the event, had the seventh ranked Day under wraps by the 13th hole.
John Senden (Photo: Anthony Powter)
The pair halved the opening two holes before Senden nailed a 19-foot birdie putt on the third to take the lead.
From there the momentum swung towards Senden as Day struggled with the desert course, never looking in control of his game with wayward driving.
Senden then closed out the 24-year-old with an eight-foot birdie on the 13th, his fourth of the day, to record the victory.
Tiger Woods was ousted as Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood remained on track for a shot at the world No.1 ranking.
Westwood discarded Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, leading 5-up after ten holes before the Englishman held on for a 3&2 win.
Nick Watney took care of Woods 1-up in a relatively tight all-American tussle while Northern Ireland’s McIlroy never trailed on the way to a 3&2 win over Denmark’s Anders Hansen.
Matt Kuchar defeated Bubba Watson 3&2, and Dustin Johnson is on track for another title after a stellar 7&5 win over Franceso Molinari.
Senden will meet Sang Moon Bae in the round of 16 before setting up a possible encounter against either McIlroy or Jimenez.