Australian golfer John Senden starts his fifth Masters more confident than ever.
Flush with confidence from his second US PGA tour win John Senden is ready to be a major championship contender at the Masters.
After missing the cut in his first three Masters appearances Senden stepped up to the plate last year to make the weekend for the first time.
And although he finished in a tie for 35th the Queenslander was very much in the thick of things early, at one stage having a short putt to tie the lead late in the second round.
The positives from 12 months ago plus his recent win at the Valspar Championship in Tampa has the 42-year-old primed for big things at Augusta National.
“I am feeling good and I am coming into this event with the most momentum I’ve ever had,” Senden said.”
“Winning in Tampa was special and proved I could do it again.
“You walk around with a different feel. You look at Adam Scott and you see a major winner and with my win this year I feel like I’m not falling as far behind the guy.
“You feel like he’s looking at you different as well.
“The body is feeling better from last year, and every other year I’ve been here I haven’t had that confidence, so I just need to keep my belief.”
Senden has received an bucket load of respect and congratulations from fellow competitors after his recent win, a triumph coming almost eight years after his first win in the USA.
It helped take his belief to a new level, particularly as it came on the back of some short game magic, a much needed skill set for the Masters.
“I know I have it in me to perform here and it was the same at the US Open last year, so it tells me by doing my work professionally and keeping the belief I can be as good as a Justin Rose or as good as Scotty at certain times and win one of these big tournaments,” Senden said.
“My short game here through probably 48 holes last year was great and I was right around the lead through three rounds and that was the difference, the chipping and the putting.
“I didn’t come in with great ball striking really it was just a matter of me feeling good around the greens and I actually feel a bit the same this year.
“My putting has been feeling great and my ball-striking is something I am still trying to get back to my best but I’m confident and excited to get started.”