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June 9 2011

3:30 PM

Poof: Senden’s lead slips away

Well, so much for that strong start by John Senden. The Aussie’s lead vanished after a bogey on the par-4 13th, where he three-putted from just over 31 feet, and a double bogey on the par-3 14th, where he hit it in the water off the tee then failed to get up and down.

Those two holes are in the middle of the pack in terms of difficulty at TPC Southwind. They’re also among a stretch of holes, however, that helped Lee Westwood to victory there a year ago. Remember, Westwood opened with a 63 last year and did most of his damage on the back nine with an eagle and four birdies from Nos. 10 through 18 (his front nine that day).

The good news for Senden? He’s still just three off the lead -- for now.

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