John Senden takes leave from golf as son battles brain tumour

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John Senden has taken a leave of absence from the PGA Tour after his son is diagnosed with a brain tumour.

John Senden was supposed to partner up with fellow Australian Rod Pampling in the Zurich Classic, but unexpectedly withdrew from the tournament.

On Saturday Senden released a statement explaining why he withdrew – to be with his family after his 13-year-old son Jacob was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

“Earlier this week I withdrew from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to be with my wife Jackie and son Jacob while he battles some health issues,” Senden said.

“Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far having been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As a family, we appreciate the support and kindness that everyone has offered us at this difficult time. Together, we will stand strong to tackle this disease and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer free.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of love we have experienced and ask that you keep Jacob in your prayers and hearts. I have no timeline for my return to the PGA TOUR at this stage. With respect, we now ask for privacy in this matter.”

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