The lanky Queenslander got off to a good start and was never headed, defeating his compatriot 6 and 5.
“I had the pressure on him early,” said Senden, who will now go on to meet PGA Tour rookie Sang-Moon Bae. The young South Korean caused one of the tournament’s biggest upsets when he beat reigning Master champion Charl Schwartzel 1 up.
No. 1 seeds Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer all advanced to the third round (Friday 6am to 10am ONE HD) but a scratchy Tiger Woods was eliminated by Nick Watney 1 up.
Woods’ ball striking was okay but his putting wasn’t, missing a straightforward five and a half footer on the 18th that would have extended the match.
Watney said he was (and very much appeared) “shocked” that Woods missed a putt that in the old days would have been routine.
“We don’t see him miss putts like that very often,” Watney said.
Woods stonewalled: “I hit it well all day,” he said. “I didn’t make any putts today and subsequently I didn’t win the match.”
Watney will now meet Westwood, a player he has eliminated from the tournament in the last two years.
Westwood so far is just happy to get into the round of 16 for once.
However, if either he or McIlroy go on to win the championship they will take golf’s world No.1 spot from Luke Donald, eliminated in the first round by Ernie Els.
McIlroy will face Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez who defeated Keegan Bradley, a player who was furiously concentrating on not spitting as part of his pre-shot routine, 2 and 1.
Kaymer will play American Matt Kuchar, who dismissed his compatriot Bubba Watson.
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The event is being telecast live in Australia on ONE HD (So there’s no point looking for it on Fox Sports as many have done.
MATCH DETAILS – John Senden defeated Jason Day 6 and 5 –
Senden, who is looking for his first PGA TOUR victory since 2006, made short work of his countryman, sealing the victory with an 8-footer for birdie at the par-5 13th. Senden has only played 28 holes in his first two matches and he has yet to fall behind. He put pressure on Day early, winning the third and fourth with birdies from 19 and 6 feet, respectively. Day, who didn’t make a birdie all day, never cut into that deficit and Senden kept hitting fairways and greens. Senden won the eighth hole with a 4-foot birdie putt, the 11th by concession after Day had to take a drop in the desert and the 12th with a par to set the table for the final birdie. The stats tell the story — Senden hit 10 of 13 greens in regulation and 8 of 10 fairways while Day found just seven greens and five fairways. “I had the pressure on him early,” Senden said. “… Then basically from there I wanted to keep focused and keep the quality of shots going on. And then I did that. And he sort of made the mistakes to force the match to go further and further my way.”