Briny Baird

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Briny Baird
Personal information
Full name Michael Jancey Baird
Nickname Briny
Born (1972-05-11) May 11, 1972 (age 45)
Miami Beach, Florida
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Jupiter, Florida
Career
College Georgia Tech
Valdosta State University
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
Web.com Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2004, 2009
U.S. Open T40: 2001
The Open Championship CUT: 2009
PGA Championship T22: 2001

Michael Jancey "Briny" Baird (born May 11, 1972) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Buy.com Tour.

Baird was born in Miami Beach, Florida. He played varsity golf in the 7th grade at Miami Country Day. He originally attended Georgia Tech before transferring to Valdosta State University where he won the NCAA Division II individual golf championship in 1994 and 1995. He turned professional in 1995.

Baird won the 2000 Monterrey Open on the Buy.com Tour (now the Web.com Tour). He currently plays on the PGA Tour, but a poor 2005 season saw him lose his card. His highest placing to date on the end of year tour money list was 22nd in 2003. In 2008, he finished 27th in FedEx Cup, automatically qualifying him for the 2009 PGA Tour season. Although he has never won a PGA Tour event, he has finished second on six separate occasions, most recently at the 2013 McGladrey Classic.

Baird is the son of professional golfer Butch Baird. He is also known for his odd putting style that worked for him when he was doing it as a drill and it just stuck. On May 19, 2009, Baird hit a 230-yard shot from the top of the Omni San Diego Hotel to a bulls-eye in the center of Petco Park in order to give everyone a free chicken wrap at P. F. Chang's China Bistro.[1]

In 2010, Baird entered the final event of the season 125th on the PGA Tour money list. He stumbled in the final round and a number of other players had better finishes. Baird finished 127th on the Tour, two spots out of retaining full Tour status.

In 2011, Baird nearly won his first PGA Tour event, the Frys.com Open. He lost on the sixth playoff hole to Bryce Molder. Despite the loss, the finish moved Baird from 148th to 93rd on the Tour's money list, which meant avoiding Q School.

Baird has the distinction of being the richest golfer never to win a PGA Tour event, earning over $13 million during his career, but coming up short six times.[2]

Professional wins (1)[edit]

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2011 Frys.com Open United States Bryce Molder Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole

Buy.com Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Mar 13, 2000 Buy.com Monterrey Open −20 (66-69-67-66=268) 4 strokes Australia Mark Hensby

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open T40 DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship T22 T43 T39 T37 DNP DNP DNP T42 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP 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 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 5
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2001 U.S. Open – 2003 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PGA Tour Pro Briny Baird Hits the Bullseye and you get Free lettuce wraps at PF Changs". zimbio. May 19, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "All-time money leaders with no wins". PGA Tour. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 

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