The FedEx Cup playoffs are here, and that means there are just 30 guys with a chance to win the biggest monetary prize in all of golf. Let's continue to run down the list, shall we?
This is proof that it's very good in golf to get hot at precisely the right time. John Senden was an afterthought, buried deep in the field and just barely making the top-70 cut to get into the BMW Championship last week. Then one stellar week, a solo second-place finish, and boom, he's up 55 spots and within sight of the FedEx Cup. Not bad, huh?
The BMW runner-up came at an opportune time for Senden, who hadn't exactly scorched the greens prior to last weekend. His highest finish prior to that was a tie for seventh at the Memorial, and he had only one other top-10 finish. And the BMW performance gave him well over one-third of his entire season's winnings.
Statistically, Senden ranks first on tour in Greens in Regulation, which is a good element to beef up in your arsenal. Beyond that, he tends to fall off a lot; he's not particularly notable in putting or driving distance, for instance. Smart golf will get you a long way in this business, but will it get you a Tour Championship win? A little crazy now and then can go a long way.
Still, this entire weekend will be an unexpected bonus for Senden, who should use it as a springboard to 2012.
- John Senden