Aaron Baddeley

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Aaron Baddeley
Aaron Badderly 2007-04-11.jpg
April 2007
Personal information
Full nameAaron John Baddeley
Nickname"Badds"
Born (1981-03-17) 17 March 1981 (age 40)
Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S
SpouseRichelle (m. 2005)
Career
Turned professional2000
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2003)
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins8
Highest ranking 16 (20 April 2008) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
European Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T17: 2009
PGA Championship T13: 2008
U.S. Open T13: 2007
The Open Championship T27: 2017
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
2000/01

Aaron John Baddeley (born 17 March 1981) is an Australian professional golfer. He was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA and now plays on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, he has joint U.S. and Australian citizenship and was raised in Australia from the age of two. He represents Australia in international golf.

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Professional career

When he was in his late teens, Baddeley was seen as one of the most promising talents in the world of golf. He was the youngest player ever to represent Australia in the Eisenhower Trophy and he won the Holden Australian Open as an amateur in 1999 and retained his title in 2000, by which time he had turned professional. He was awarded the 2000 Australian Young Male Athlete of the Year. In 2001, he won the Greg Norman Holden International in Australia. He won the PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit in 2000/01. However in the following few years he came to be overshadowed by his Australian contemporary Adam Scott, who is less than a year older than Baddeley but reached the world top 10 in 2005.

In 2002, Baddeley played on the second tier Nationwide Tour in the U.S. and placed tenth on the money list to earn a PGA Tour card for 2003. He had second-place finishes on the PGA Tour in 2003 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and 2004 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. However he struggled for consistency, and after a solid rookie season, when he finished 73rd on the money list, he only just retained his card in 2004, when he came 124th. In 2005 he moved back up the rankings to 78th and in 2006 he won his first PGA Tour title at the Verizon Heritage.

Baddeley won his second PGA Tour tournament in early 2007 and reached the top 50 of the world rankings. [2] By September, he had entered the top 20. His career high ranking was 17th in 2008.

Baddeley was the leader after the third round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on 16 June 2007 with a two over par score of 212 (72-70-70). He finished with an 80 and ended T-13.

After a lull in form over the following few seasons, where he was finishing only in the lower reaches of the top-125 on the money list, Baddeley returned to the winner's circle when he won the 2011 Northern Trust Open in California. He defended a one-shot third round lead over Kevin Na and veteran Fred Couples, completing a steady closing round of 69 to beat another veteran, Vijay Singh, by two strokes.

In October 2011, Baddeley was selected by Greg Norman as one of his two wildcard picks for the 2011 Presidents Cup team. He was selected along with fellow Australian Robert Allenby to compete at Royal Melbourne in November.

Statistically speaking, Baddeley frequently ranks as one of the very best putters on the PGA Tour. As of 2010, he has qualified for the Tour's end-of-season statistical rankings 8 times; of those, he finished among the circuit's top 10 in putts per green in regulation five times, and among the top 15 seven times. The only qualified season in which Baddeley was not among the PGA Tour's top 15 putters by that metric came in 2004, when he finished 64th out of 196 players.

Baddeley started the 2015–16 season playing out of the Past Champions category after finishing 157th in the FedEx Cup and failing to regain a PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour Finals. He earned his first win in five years at the 2016 Barbasol Championship, beating Kim Si-woo in a four-hole playoff.

Personal life

Baddeley is a committed Christian and has confessed that it was his faith that prevented him giving up professional golf on numerous occasions.

Baddeley's wife Richelle, whom he married on April 15, 2005, sums up Baddeley's faith in God, saying: "It never faltered. He never asked, 'What are you trying to teach me? I want you to be the man you want me to be. I will go through these [bad] times if that is Your will'."

Richelle has also been pivotal to Baddeley's resurgence. "I had to learn the balance of letting him be alone when he comes home sometimes upset. It's sheer frustration from him. He's played his best, and it just hasn't happened," she said. [3]

Baddeley and his wife have five children: Jewel, Jolee, Jeremiah, Josiah and Jaddex.

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (8)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
116 Apr 2006 Verizon Heritage −15 (66-67-66-70=269)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jim Furyk
24 Feb 2007 FBR Open −21 (65-70-64-64=263)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg John Rollins
320 Feb 2011 Northern Trust Open −12 (67-69-67-69=272)2 strokes Flag of Fiji.svg Vijay Singh
417 Jul 2016 Barbasol Championship −18 (70-66-64-66=266)Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Si-woo

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2003 Sony Open in Hawaii Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 2016 Barbasol Championship Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Si-woo Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
111 Feb 2001 Greg Norman Holden International 1−21 (67-68-68-68=271)Playoff Flag of Spain.svg Sergio García
225 Nov 2007
(2008 season)
MasterCard Masters 1−13 (70-66-69-70=275)Playoff Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Chopra

1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

European Tour playoff record (2–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2001 Greg Norman Holden International Flag of Spain.svg Sergio García Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 MasterCard Masters Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Chopra Won with par on fourth extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (4)

Legend
Australian Opens (2)
Other PGA Tour of Australasia (2)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
128 Nov 1999 Holden Australian Open
(as an amateur)
−14 (67-68-70-69=274)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Greg Norman, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nick O'Hern
226 Nov 2000 Holden Australian Open (2)−10 (69-69-68-72=278)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Robert Allenby
311 Feb 2001 Greg Norman Holden International 1−21 (67-68-68-68=271)Playoff Flag of Spain.svg Sergio García
425 Nov 2007 MasterCard Masters 1−13 (70-66-69-70=275)Playoff Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Chopra

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (2–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2001 Greg Norman Holden International Flag of Spain.svg Sergio García Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 MasterCard Masters Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Chopra Won with par on fourth extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament CUTCUTT52CUTT17
U.S. Open CUTCUTT13T29
The Open Championship CUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
PGA Championship T57T55CUTT13CUT
Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament T47T40
U.S. Open CUTCUTCUTCUTT23T25
The Open Championship CUTT69T27
PGA Championship CUTT42T49
Tournament2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000174
PGA Championship 00000185
U.S. Open 000003114
The Open Championship 00000082
Totals0000053415

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament2004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
The Players Championship CUT78CUTT37T32T9CUTT6CUTCUTCUTCUTCUTT41CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament2006200720082009201020112012
Match Play R16R16R64R64
Championship T6T15DQT2812
Invitational T54T20T43T11T8
Champions T23
  Top 10
  Did not play

DQ = Disqualified
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary

SeasonWinsEarnings ($)Rank [4]
2001019,435
2002016,380
20030989,16873
20040632,876123
200501,006,00678
200611,516,51355
200713,441,11910
200801,665,58749
20090837,065101
20100879,317110
201113,094,69320
201201,215,75376
20130721,024113
20140942,559102
20150439,925165
201611,644,91561
20170755,356132
20180725,928134
20190904,982124
20200286,504166
Career*421,735,10370 [5]

* Through the 2020 season.
Note: Baddeley did not join the PGA Tour until 2003 so he was not ranked on the money list until then.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

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References

  1. "Week 16 2008 Ending 20 Apr 2008" (pdf). OWGR . Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. "Official World Golf Ranking site, Week 5 2007 news release". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  3. "Thank God for that, says Aaron". The Sydney Morning Herald . 18 April 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. "Official Money". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  5. "Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2 October 2020.