Strike with Senden

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: April 11 2014, 16:54 BST

David John picks out his best bet for day two of the Masters at Augusta, and thinks John Senden can win his three-ball.

John Senden: Backed to win his three-ball
John Senden: Backed to win his three-ball

The dilemma heading into round two of the Masters at Augusta National for punters is whether to stick with the form and the hot-hand from Thursday's threeballs or try and predict a reversal in fortune.

There were a handful of players who got off to a decent start only to let a few shots slip away - Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker and Miguel Angel Jimenez for example - so it shows just how this golf course constantly demands your best attention.

So even a two or three shot lead heading into the fabled back nine and can evaporate and we have not even got to the exciting bit of the tournament yet.

The pick then for Friday is military medium Aussie John Senden to get the better of Boo Weekley and David Lynn once again.

After years of waiting, the Brisbane native finally got back in the winner's circle last month at the Valspar Championship in Florida to book his place in the line-up this week.

It is his third straight appearance here and I fancy he will do enough to see off his playing partners and give himself every chance of being here for the weekend once more.

He is currently ranked number eight in second round scoring this season - much better than his fellow competitors - and a repeat of last year's 70 at the same stage I would wager will be more than good enough.

Weekley looks his biggest threat but he has not really impressed me much this year with his consistency since returning from a shoulder injury and Thursday's opening 18 holes was another real Bertie Bassetts affair.

Lynn earned plenty of plaudits from an opening debut 68 12 months ago but was 10 shots worse this time around and that sits right in line with his current form of three missed cuts on the bounce.

Elsewhere, I was half tempted by Stewart Cink and Kevin Stadler to follow up as well.

Cink is involved in one of the two twoballs over the first two days and despite the odd wobble, comfortably saw off the challenge of Tim Clark.

The South African is on the comeback trail having been plagued by an elbow injury in the early part of 2014 so it was no real surprise to see the venue get the better of him on the way to a 79.

Stadler has found a nice boost in confidence with a victory in Phoenix and impressed with a competitive debut 70 in the opening round.

He is in a virtual match as well with John Huh unless Ian Woosnam rolls back the years but at odds-on quotes, I am going to leave both him and Cink alone this time.

  • Posted at 0900 BST on 11/04/2014.