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The Tour Report

February 18 2011

7:42 PM

Senden stumbles late

The only player late in the second round who had a chance to catch leader Fred Couples was John Senden. Instead, the Aussie three-putted from 10 feet on the final hole -- he hit his first putt 12 feet past the hole -- to give a stroke back and end his day two off the lead at 6 under after a 2-under 69.

A hole earlier, Senden laid up on the par-5 17th only to hit his approach shot to 35 feet and two-putt for par from there.

Three-putting was a rare mistake for Senden, who is eighth in the field this week in putting and ninth in greens in regulation. Still, his nine birdies leave him in good shape going into what looks like will be a wet weekend.

“Today was a little tougher than yesterday I thought with the conditions,” Senden said. “The golf course is actually softening up, which makes it sort of more target golf now, and possibly if we can stick the rain away tomorrow, it'll be ‑‑ I think the scores will be better on the weekend than what we had the first two days.”