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, he has joint U.S. and Australian citizenship and was raised in Australia from the age of two. He represents Australia in international golf.
|Full name||Aaron John Baddeley|
|Born||17 March 1981|
Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Residence||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;|
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S
|Spouse||Richelle (m. 2005)|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 2003)|
PGA Tour of Australasia
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||4|
|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
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. By September, he had entered the top 20. His career high ranking was 17th in 2008.
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.
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.
Baddeley and his wife have five children: Jewel, Jolee, Jeremiah, Josiah and Crew.
Professional wins (8)Edit
PGA Tour wins (4)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||16 Apr 2006||Verizon Heritage||66-67-66-70=269||−15||1 stroke||Jim Furyk|
|2||4 Feb 2007||FBR Open||65-70-64-64=263||−21||1 stroke||John Rollins|
|3||20 Feb 2011||Northern Trust Open||67-69-67-69=272||−12||2 strokes||Vijay Singh|
|4||17 Jul 2016||Barbasol Championship||70-66-64-66=266||−18||Playoff||Kim Si-woo|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2003||Sony Open in Hawaii||Ernie Els||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|2||2016||Barbasol Championship||Kim Si-woo||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
European Tour wins (2)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||11 Feb 2001||Greg Norman Holden International||–21 (67-68-68-68=271)||Playoff||Sergio García|
|2||25 Nov 2007
|MasterCard Masters||–13 (70-66-69-70=275)||Playoff||Daniel Chopra|
European Tour playoff record (2–0)
|1||2001||Greg Norman Holden International||Sergio García||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2007||MasterCard Masters||Daniel Chopra||Won with par on fourth extra hole|
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (4)Edit
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T69||T27|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2014 U.S. Open – 2018 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 0
Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit
|The Players Championship||CUT||78||CUT||T37||T32||T9||CUT||T6||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||T41||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R16||R16|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R64|
- 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 summaryEdit
* Through the 2019 season.
Note: Baddeley did not join the PGA Tour until 2003 so he was not ranked on the money list until then.
- "Official World Golf Ranking site, Week 5 2007 news release". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
- "Thank God for that, says Aaron". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 April 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
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