The 46-year-old hasn’t played a tournament since the 2017 Houston Open just two weeks before then 12-year-old Jacob received the devastating news.
Twice a winner on the PGA tour, Senden is teeing up this week at the Web.com Tour’s Louisiana Open as part of his preparations to return to the Tour full time.
A 1-under 70 was a more than credible effort in the opening round, Senden lying T50 and eight shots from leader Julian Etulian.
One of Australia’s most consistent players of the past two decades Senden decided to return to the game after Jacob received some positive news regarding his condition in January.
While far from cleared of further complications, Senden told the Tour’s website an MRI scan had suggested Jacob’s tumour had shrunk significantly and the outlook was positive.
“From the size of your thumbnail, to the size of your pinky nail,” he told the Tour’s Kevin Prise.
The popular Queenslander took Family Crisis leave from the Tour to be with Jacob and, similar to a medical exemption, will now have a set number of starts to earn enough FedEx Cup points to retain his card.
However, as part of the exemption he is also entitled to five ‘rehabilitation’ starts on the Web.com Tour which explains his presence on the secondary circuit for the first time in his career.
After this week he plans to return to the main Tour with an appearance at the RBC Heritage tournament before teeing up in Texas at both the Texas Open and Byron Nelson tournaments.
Senden, one of five Australians in the field at Le Triomphe GC, managed four birdies against three bogeys in his round to sit alongside Rhein Gibson and Brett Drewitt at 1-under.
Jamie Arnold is the best of the Australians after signing for a 3-under 68 to be T22 with Curtis Luck a shot further back and T38.
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