Tour Tracker: Senden wins Valspar Championship

John Senden

John Senden opened up a Sunday lead, saw it disappear on the back nine, then pulled away again and outlasted Kevin Na to win the PGA Tour's 2014 Valspar Championship on Sunday at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course.

Third-round leader Robert Garrigus saw his lead shrink to just one shot Saturday, then in the final round played a four-hole stretch on the front in 5 over to drop from contention.

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We'll follow the action down the stretch in Palm Harbor, Fla. – and scroll down for our tournament coverage to date:

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Update No. 12: 5:54 p.m. EDT

Needing birdie, second-place Kevin Na hits his approach past the pin and right, but onto the green. He'll face a fairly long birdie putt to try to force a playoff with leader John Senden. It's about the same length as the putt that Senden nearly holed in the group ahead, though on a different line. The ball dives low well short of the hole, giving Senden the victory.

"The scoring, it always stays under double figures here," Senden tells NBC, explaining that he thought he had a chance to win all day.

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Update No. 11: 5:50 p.m. EDT

From about 40 feet or a little less, leader John Senden nearly makes birdie. He taps in for par to head in with a 70 and a one-shot lead over Kevin Na.

Na, looking for his second PGA Tour victory, drives it in the fairway.

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Update No. 10: 5:46 p.m. EDT

Kevin Na gains a stroke with a birdie putt of more than 10 feet at the 17th to pull within one of leader John Senden before heading to the 18th tee.

Senden, meanwhile, finds trouble with his drive before hitting it on the green at the 18th.

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Update No. 9: 5:36 p.m. EDT

Suddenly the drama has changed on the Copperhead: John Senden's second straight birdie gives him his second two-shot lead of the back nine as he heads to the 18th.

It's not over, though, folks – Kevin Na is two back with two to play after parring the 16th.

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Update No. 8: 5:31 p.m. EDT

Scott Langley pars his last two holes to wrap up a 70 that ends his week at 5 under, taking over leader-in-the-clubhouse status. He's one back of leader John Senden, who has two holes to play, and T-2 alongside Kevin Na, who has three to play.

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Update No. 7: 5:27 p.m. EDT

John Senden chips in for birdie at No. 16 to move to the lead again at 6 under. The Australian is looking for his first win since the 2006 John Deere Classic and his second top-10 of the wraparound 2013-14 season.

Luke Donald finishes with four straight pars for a 70 that gets him to the clubhouse at 4 under, tied with Will MacKenzie as the low man in the clubhouse.

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Update No. 6: 5:16 p.m. EDT

Scott Langley bogeys the 16th and drops to 5 under, sharing the lead with John Senden as a result after the latter birdies the 14th. Langley follows with a par, as does Senden. Kevin Na, meanwhile, birdies the 14th to climb into a share of the lead as well.

Luke Donald, Robert Garrigus and Will MacKenzie are T-4 a shot back.

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Update No. 5: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Jason Kokrak makes the turn in 1 over, then plays the first six holes of the back nine in 4 under – including a nifty chip-in at the 12th (mobile readers can see the video here) – but a double bogey and bogey at Nos. 16-17 drop him to T-8 at 2 under..

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Update No. 4: 4:56 p.m. EDT

Finishing with three straight pars to wrap up a 69, Will MacKenzie is the low man in the clubhouse at 4 under, two back of leader Scott Langley. MacKenzie seeks his second PGA Tour win, the other coming at the 2006 Reno Tahoe Open, and his fourth top-10 finish of the 2013-14 wraparound PGA Tour season.

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Update No. 3: 4:48 p.m. EDT

John Senden bogeys his second straight hole and drops to T-2 at 5 under alongside Jason Kokrak. That puts Scott Langley alone in the lead.

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Update No. 2: 4:39 p.m. EDT

Scott Langley birdies No. 14 to move into a share of the lead with John Senden at 6 under. Langley is 2 under today, while Senden is even par.

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Update No. 1: 4:32 p.m. EDT

Leader John Senden's second bogey of the day comes at the 12th, dropping him to 6 under and a shot ahead of Jason Kokrak and Scott Langley.

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Saturday's coverage

Goosen cards 64 to climb Valspar leaderboard

Retief Goosen shot his best round of the year, a bogey-free, 7-under 64, to climb up the leaderboard early in the third round of the Valspar Championship.

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Friday's coverage

5 Things: Garrigus takes lead at Valspar; Na still bogey-free; more

Cool temperatures and windy conditions again made scoring difficult early Friday at the Valspar Championship. But things heated up in the afternoon, including Robert Garrigus, who shot 5-under 66 to take a three-shot lead.

Fighting putting yips, Daly cards 90 at Valspar Championship

John Daly fired an 81 in the second round of last year's Tampa Bay Championship. Friday, Daly's second-round misfortune at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course continued with a 90.

Readying for Augusta, Rose gaining confidence at Valspar Championship

Shoulder tendinitis has caused Justin Rose to play in just three tournaments this season, and he'll only reach five events played before the Masters. That makes this week at Innisbrook a crucial one for Rose.

Tour Tracker: Valspar Championship, Friday's 2nd round

Robert Garrigus fired a second-round, 5-under 66 to grab a three-shot lead Friday at the Valspar Championship. Here's how it happened.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Leaders keep cool with four 68s at Valspar

Thursday at Innisbrook was all about coping with the wind – and the foursome who did it best finished tied for the first-round lead of the Valspar Championship. Greg Chalmers, Matt Every, Danny Lee and Pat Perez shot 3-under 68s to find the top of the leaderboard at Innisbrook's Copperhead course. Here are 5 Things to know about the day's events in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Tracker: 4-way tie for Valspar Championship first-round lead

Taking the morning lead with a 68, Matt Every stole the spotlight early from notables including Matt Kuchar and reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose on Thursday at the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship near Tampa. A crowd built on the lead number – and after 18 holes, Every's joined by Greg Chalmers, Danny Lee and Pat Perez for the first-round lead.

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Preview coverage

M. Kuchar, J. Dufner top expert picks for Valspar

A week after the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott registered on the radars of many, it'll be Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar and Graham DeLaet that receive the love at the Valspar Championship. That's mostly due to the tight quarters of Innisbrook, where ball striking and keeping it in play is at a premium. Here's a look at the picks of our staff experts:

5 Things: H. English ready; B. Snedeker searches; more

The PGA Tour’s month-long Florida Swing enters Turn 3 with the Valspar Championship beginning Thursday at Innisbrook Resort, just outside Tampa. With the stout Florida lineup – a rising comet in the Honda Classic, a WGC (Trump Doral) and a date at Arnold Palmer’s place next week, the Valspar is easy to overlook, but Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course is an excellent tournament test. Its roster of past champions (which includes K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk) is ample proof it’s a great spot for top ballstrikers.

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