Hensby’s old head

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Those ahead of him in tomorrow’s final round are a mix of raw rookies and emerging talents – fourth-placed Mark Hensby has contended in majors.
You do the maths.
Aussie Hensby, 37, who played President’s Cup golf in 2006, has fallen off the radar in the past couple of years. Poor form with his putter and a rotator-cuff injury on his right shoulder in May 2008 – putting him on the sidelines for eight months – sent a player once good enough to be in the world Top 30 hurtling down the food chain and on to the second-tier Nationwide Tour.
But after posting a six-under-par 66 in the third round of the Michael Hill New Zealand Open near Queenstown today, he’s just one low round away from starting 2010 on a high.
Hensby won’t lack for motivation tomorrow – he’s still getting his head around his drop down the world order.
“Three years ago I was playing President’s Cup golf and 27th in the world,” he says. “Now I’m going through Q School.
“It’s really hard to take to be honest, to tell you the truth.”
Hensby sits in equal-fourth-place, seven shots behind leader Robert Gates of the United States, who is at 16 under. 
Florida-raised but Texas-based Gates is playing in his first Nationwide event after advancing through Qualifying School last year.
Three shots back in second is Aussie Andrew Dodt, who after turning pro in 2007 has spent the past two years playing the Asian Tour, where he had a Top 10 in the Singapore Open last season.
Aussie journeyman Michael Curtain is two further away at 11 under.
Hensby’s stellar year was 2005, when he finished tied for fifth in the Tiger Woods’s US Masters and third to Michael Campbell in the US Open, earning a spot on the President’s Cup team.
But for all the wise years he’s got on his rivals, Hensby isn’t expecting Gates, Dodt and Curtain to crumble in front of him in the final round.
“The kids are so good now, playing through Q School and getting a lot of amateur golf, that they’re not scared anymore.
Years ago you could probably say they might get the wobbles, but not now, he adds.