Australian golfers of late have seemingly been subjected to a disproportionate number of encounters with the disease of cancer.
Jason Day’s mother is battling lung cancer and that was accompanied by the recent disclosure that John Senden is taking time away from the game to be there as his 13-year-old son Jacob is forced to confront a brain tumour.
Senden reveled the news when he announced his withdrawal from this week’s Zurich Open.
Senden and his family currently live in Dallas, Texas, and Jacob will undergo treatment there.
In his statement to the media, Senden said, “Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour. I have no timeline for my return to the PGA Tour at this stage.”
Senden has been a regular fixture on the PGA Tour, quietly playing 16 seasons and averaging over $US 1 million every season. He is a native of Brisbane and counts amongst the major victories of his career his 2006 win of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.
We, as we are sure is the case with everyone, hope nothing but the best for Jacob Senden and his family and other than our announcing of Senden’s reason for taking a hiatus of undetermined duration, intend to honour his request for privacy.