John Senden took home the Valspar Championship with a final round one under par 70 to win by one stroke over fellow FJ Staffer, Kevin Na. Senden shot up the leaderboard thanks to a third round 64 that left him two shy of the 54 hole lead. Senden's Sunday chase began with a birdie on the opening hole. Conditions, then, toughened as the winds picked up making scoring even more difficult across the brutal Copperhead course. But out in one under par 34, Senden had a chance to take home the title. To heighten his chances at victory, he birdied two of the three difficult holes that make up the course's "Snake Pit". Adding a long two putt for par at the last gave Senden the lead in the clubhouse that sustained despite the players still on the course.
No player could match the seven under par total giving John Senden his first PGA Tour Victory since 2006. "If I could just stay in the moment, I knew I was swinging well enough to give it a shake," Senden said of his chances to win. The Australian relied on FJ Icon golf shoes and the Pure Touch Limited glove en route to victory. Valspar Championship Shoe CountFJ - 57%Nearest Competitor - 20%Glove CountFJ - 35%Nearest Competitor - 14%
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Greg Chalmers held off the 54-hole leader and fellow countryman John Senden (FJ ICON and StaSof) to win the Emirates Australian Open title at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. Senden had a two stroke lead over Chalmers at the start of the final round. Stumbling out of the gate, Senden dropped three shots in the first four holes to open the door for Chalmers.
Chalmers, wearing DryJoys Tour, seized the opportunity with birdies on the first two holes to create a two stroke lead. Senden fought back on the back nine, cutting the lead to one until Chalmers birdied the par three fifteenth to extend the lead.
Senden responded with a birdie on the 17th, cutting the lead back to one. On the final hole Chalmers would miss the green in a tricky spot while Senden hit the green and had a good look at birdie. Senden's birdie putt narrowly skirted across the hole, and Chalmers would get up and down for par to win the tournament.
This is the second time Chalmers won the Emirates Australian Open; the victories coming 12 years apart.