Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

AUGUSTA AUSSIE; Senden Dark Horse for Breakthrough in Major

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

AUGUSTA AUSSIE; Senden Dark Horse for Breakthrough in Major

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Byline: Paul Smeaton

HE GOES about his business in a quiet, unassuming way but John Senden could make plenty of noise this week at the US Masters.

The 40-year-old Brisbane native will tee up at Augusta for the third time tomorrow morning (AEST) and long-time coach Ian Triggs, who is also the club pro at Brookwater Golf Course, believes his student's game is as good as ever.

Triggs travelled to the United States last week to help prepare Senden for the event and after spending the week with him at the Shell Houston Open, Triggs is convinced his charge is ready to shine on the world stage.

C[pounds sterling]His whole game is in very good order and he's ready to play well,C[yen] Triggs told the Queensland Times from his hotel room in Augusta.

C[pounds sterling]He played exceptionally well at times last week and is in solid form with both his ball striking and putting.C[yen]

When asked whether Senden was a realistic chance to become the first Australian to win the famous green jacket, Triggs responded with quiet confidence.

C[pounds sterling]I don't think it's far away, actually I think he's very close. It could easy happen this coming week,C[yen] Triggs said.

C[pounds sterling]He just needs to go round like it is any other tournament which is pretty difficult to do. But he's developed a lot of trust in his ability over the last 18 months.C[yen]

Senden's best finish in a major tournament was a tie for fourth a the US PGA in 2007 won by Tiger Woods, but he has found a new level of consistency this year which has yielded five top-25 finishes on the US PGA Tour from just seven events.

The veteran coach believes something special is just around the corner so he has been careful not to tinker too much with Senden's game, preferring instead to draw on their 27-year relationship to keep him grounded before the event.

C[pounds sterling]I think it's very dangerous turning up at majors as a coach,C[yen] Triggs said.

C[pounds sterling]The tendency is often to go too technical rather than basically help prepare the athlete mentally.

C[pounds sterling]All the technical work has been refined in the last 7-8 days in Houston. …

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