Senden's brave bid falls short

John Senden's brave bid to win the US Open was extinguished today after his final round of 72 left him at 5 over and in a share of 10th position, his second best finish in a major championship.

Senden's third round of 68 yesterday had moved him into a challenging position and when he safely negotiated the tough opening six holes today without damage and birdied the 7th hole he was at 2 over and just three from the lead.

A bogey at the 8th stole some of the momentum. "The club I chose was the right one but it just came up on the front edge and I left myself a long putt which I three putted. I then made a couple of errors on the par three and again on the last where I had the worst lie.

"I played well early and felt good all day. The golf course changed today and got really bouncy even with the mist that was falling on the greens wasn't slowing it down.

"I managed to not make big numbers out there which I think was a mental achievement as you can come unstuck here. I had my chances this week and all day I thought to just stay patient and I could get hot.

"I'm happy with the week especially after the mental battles I have had over the last month or so at the Players, Spain , the Memorial missing by a couple at each tournament and then doing some work with Triggsy last week helped turn it around.

It's looking like I will be 10th which gets me back in next year so it is good.

My next event will be the John Deere then the Open Championship after a break at home in Australia.

Bruce Young
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