John Senden ended more than seven years without a victory by making two late birdies, including a chip-in from 70 feet on the toughest hole at Innisbrook, for a one-shot win on a windy Sunday at the Valspar Championship.
Senden closed with a 1-under 70 for his first PGA Tour win since the 2006 John Deere Classic. The victory also sends the Australian to the Masters.
"It feels good to do it again after seven years," said Senden, who finished at 7-under 277 in Palm Harbor, Fla. "Lot of good things to come."
Kevin Na had a 40-foot birdie putt on 18 that would have forced a playoff, but it never came close.
"If I could just stay in the moment, I knew I was swinging well enough to give it a shake," said Senden, who won $1,026,000.
It took what he called a "magic shot" to shake loose from a traffic jam along the back nine. Senden was part of a three-way tie for the lead heading into the treacherous, three-hole closing stretch known as the "Snake Pit." He went birdie-birdie-par.
After driving into the trees and playing short of the green at 16, Senden lofted a pitch with perfect pace and watched it tumble into the cup for birdie. He followed that with a 20-foot birdie putt on 17. A par on the 18th was just as difficult as his birdies. His 40-foot birdie putt settled inches from the cup.
Na saved par from 6 feet on 16 and a 15-foot birdie putt on 17 got him within one. But his wedge on 18 was too strong, and his long birdie putt never had a chance. He closed with a 72.
Scott Langley didn't hit a green over the final four holes and still managed to save par on three of them. He closed with a 70 to finish in third at 5 under.
Robert Garrigus began the day with a one-shot lead, and that didn't last long. His tee shot on the third hole bounced off a lawn chair and against a tree, leading to a double bogey. He made another double bogey on No. 6 en route to a 75 and a tie for fourth at 4 under.
Champions: Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic for his 10th tour title, birdieing the final two holes for a one-shot victory. He shot a 5-under 66 to finish at 15-under 198 at Newport Beach Country Club. Couples made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and holed another 4-footer on the par-5 18th. Colin Montgomerie (62), Bernhard Langer (70) and Steve Pate (66) shared second.