2x PGA Tour winner John Senden REVEALS battling with Parkinson’s disease, vows to keep playing golf despite health setback

John Senden's two tour wins came all the way back in 2006 and 2014, as he won the John Deere Classic and Valspar Championship, respectively.


2x PGA Tour winner John Senden REVEALS battling with Parkinson’s disease, vows to keep playing golf despite health setback

John Senden (Pic Credit: Golf Digest)

In an unfortunate announcement this weekend, two-time PGA Tour winner John Senden revealed that he is battling with Parkinson’s disease. The veteran Australian golfer opened up about this during the Australian PGA Championship.

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The 52-year-old informed that it has been around 18 months since he was diagnosed with this condition. However, he has kept his fighting spirit alive and vowed that he will continue to play golf despite this major health setback.

Speaking in an interview with ABC Sport, the golfer explained how he is hitting the gym and keeping his movements going. People affected by this disease are said to lose movement as it affects the nervous system. The major problem of this disease is that it cannot be cured, though medications are available to improve the symptoms.

I've got to stay in the gym, stay fit and stay open, because Parkinson's wants to close you down, wants to make you feel a bit more depressed. I've got to stay playing, stay light-hearted about everything.
John Senden

John Senden shares memorable time with son Jacob following his cancer battle

The life of John Senden has seen a lot of ups and downs in his career. While he did not claim huge numbers of wins in his career, his most significant was the 2006 Australian Open. His life would take a huge hit when his son was diagnosed with cancer.

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Since then, Jacob Senden has battled cancer and is healthy. At the recent Australian PGA Championship, he would caddie for his father while sharing a memorable time with him on the golf greens. He also credited him for inspiring him to battle it out with Parkinson’s disease.

John Senden
John Senden (Pic Credit: Titleist)
Being together this week has definitely been an inspiration for me... He’s got stronger and stronger every year... He’s been looking good.
John Senden on his son Jacob

Senior Senden would end up missing the cut by one stroke. However, he was not dissatisfied with his performance and was happy to spend some time with his 19-year-old son as he continued to fight on.

Speaking of the Australian PGA Championship, there were some shocks in the tournament as LIV Golfer and defending champion Cameron Smith too failed to make the cut. The title, though, is staying in Australia as Min Woo Lee clinched the tournament, finishing three strokes ahead of Japanese golfer Riyuka Hoshino on top of the final leaderboard standings.

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