Senden's son fighting brain tumor
Two-time TOUR winner will take indefinite leave to be with his family
April 29, 2017
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- John Senden returns home to be with his son and family. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Two-time PGA TOUR winner John Senden is taking an indefinite leave from golf to be with his son Jacob after the 13-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Senden withdrew from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after Jacob needed treatment to relieve swelling on the brain, an issue discovered after headache symptoms.
Doctors discovered the tumor and the family is now preparing to take all necessary steps to fight the cancer front on.
“Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far having been diagnosed with a brain tumor,” Senden, 43, confirmed in a statement.
“As a family we appreciate the support and kindness that everyone has offered us at this difficult time.
“Together, we will stand strong to tackle this disease and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer free.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of love we have experienced and ask that you keep Jacob in your prayers and hearts.
“I have no timeline for my return to the PGA TOUR at this stage.
“With respect, we now ask for privacy in this matter.”
Australian Senden, who lives in Texas, won the 2006 John Deere Classic and 2014 Valspar Championship.
He is one of the few players who has made the FedExCup Playoffs every year since their inception in 2007, making the TOUR Championship four times.
Senden also won his national Australian Open in 2006.
He currently sits 182nd in the FedExCup this season.
Jacob is an only child and has shown his own love for golf in recent years. He is also true to his Australian roots and is a very keen cricketer.