|Full name||Michael Jancey Baird|
May 11, 1972 |
Miami Beach, Florida
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
Valdosta State University
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 2004, 2009|
|U.S. Open||T40: 2001|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 2009|
|PGA Championship||T22: 2001|
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.
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.
Professional wins (1)
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2011||Frys.com Open||Bryce Molder||Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole|
Buy.com Tour wins (1)
|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||Mark Hensby|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2001 U.S. Open – 2003 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 0
- "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.
- "All-time money leaders with no wins". PGA Tour. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.