September 17 2011
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LEMONT, Ill. -- It wasn't the kind of start John Senden was hoping for in Saturday's third round of the BMW Championship. Through five holes, he was 3 over and falling down the leaderboard.
But he got back on track, and burned up the back nine with four birdies, eventually shooting a 1-under 70 that leaves him at 9 under and in solo second, four shots behind Justin Rose.
"Disappointing start to the day," the Australian said. "But I just wanted to hang around. I knew even if I dropped a couple shots, as I did early, I didn't really lose that much ground. I had a couple shots up my sleeve."
And now he's got a real chance to move into the top 30 in FedExCup points and play in next week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Senden came into the week 55th in points but is currently projected to eighth if he can maintain his position in Sunday's final round.
And even though he trails Rose by a significant margin, he's not ready to wave off his chances of winning his first TOUR event in five years. A win might also boost his chances to make the International team for this year's Presidents Cup.
"I feel like I'm going to go out there with the idea of shooting a good score," Senden said. "Justin Rose is in great control, and who knows what could happen. It's a funny game. Anything could happen Sunday afternoon."