Aaron Baddeley

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Aaron Baddeley
— Golfer —
Aaron Badderly 2007-04-11.jpg
Personal information
Full name Aaron John Baddeley
Nickname "Badds"
Born (1981-03-17) 17 March 1981 (age 33)
Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Spouse Richelle (m. 2005)
Children Jewell, Jolee, Jeremiah
Career
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2003)
European Tour (joined 2009)
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
European Tour 2
PGA Tour of Australasia 4
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T17: 2009
U.S. Open T13: 2007
The Open Championship T69: 2012
PGA Championship T13: 2008
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
2000/01

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

Professional career[edit]

When he was in his late teens, Baddeley was seen as one of the most promising talents in world 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. 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 of 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.[1] By September, he had entered the top 20.

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[2] Baddeley and his wife Richelle have two daughters Jewell Kalaih and Jolee.[3] Baddeley attended Luther College during his high school years.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (7)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 16 Apr 2006 Verizon Heritage −15 (66-67-66-70=269) 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk
2 4 Feb 2007 FBR Open −21 (65-70-64-64=263) 1 stroke United States John Rollins
3 20 Feb 2011 Northern Trust Open −12 (67-69-67-69=272) 2 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1. 2003 Sony Open in Hawaii South Africa Ernie Els Lost to birdie on second extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T52 CUT T17
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP T13 T29 DNP
The Open Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T57 DNP DNP T55 CUT T13 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP T47 T40 DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT CUT T23
The Open Championship DNP CUT T69 DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT T42 DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 4 30 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2006 PGA – 2007 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R16 R16
Cadillac Championship DNP T6 T15
Bridgestone Invitational T54 T20 T43
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 DNP DNP R64
Cadillac Championship DQ DNP T28 12
Bridgestone Invitational DNP DNP T11 T8
HSBC Champions DNP DNP T23 DNP
  • DNP = Did not play
  • DQ = Disqualified
  • QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
  • "T" = Tied
  • Yellow background for top-10.
  • Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Wins Earnings ($) Rank
2001 0 19,435
2002 0 16,380
2003 0 989,168 73
2004 0 632,876 123
2005 0 1,006,006 78
2006 1 1,516,513 55
2007 1 3,441,119 10
2008 0 1,665,587 49
2009 0 837,065 101
2010 0 879,317 110
2011 1 3,094,693 20
2012 0 1,215,753 76
2013 0 721,024 113
Career* 3 16,034,935 62

* Through the 2013 season.
Note: Baddeley did not join the PGA Tour until 2003 so he was not ranked on the money list until then.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Equipment[edit]

  • Driver: Adams Speedline Fast 12ls 10.5
  • 3 wood: Adams Speedline Fast 12
  • 5 wood: Adams Insight
  • Irons: Adams MB2 satin finish
  • Wedges: Adams Puglielli 55, Titleist vokey 60
  • Putter: Scotty Carmeron Newport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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