June 5, 2013 |
WE'LL NEVER know what kind of a backyard advantage it might have been for Sean O'Hair, had he qualified for next week's 113th U.S. Open at Merion. The West Chester resident, the only Philadelphia-area player on the PGA Tour, failed to make it through the Sectional Qualifier yesterday in Columbus, Ohio. He shot a combined 6-under par 138 at both Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes G&CC, which was two less than he needed to get into a playoff for one of the 15 available spots.
November 21, 2011 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - The Americans returned Down Under and wound up on top in the Presidents Cup. Perhaps it was only fitting that Tiger Woods clinched the cup for the second straight time. U.S. captain Fred Couples was criticized for using a pick on Woods, who had been out with an injury most of the summer and hasn't won since his personal life crumbled two years ago. Woods played well all week, even if he didn't always get rewarded with a point. In his singles match against Aaron Baddeley, he was never seriously challenged.
June 30, 2010 |
A couple of weeks after Aaron Baddeley gave away the U.S. Open in 2007, he played at the AT & T National, made the cut and finished tied for 69th. The week after Dustin Johnson coughed up the U.S. Open - last week - he celebrated his 26th birthday back in South Carolina. He hardly touched his clubs. He went to the beach. He spent time on his boat. He fielded calls from commiserating friends, including Sunday collapse-master Greg Norman. Baddeley, who shot 80 on Sunday and blew a two-shot lead, was eager to wash away the smell.
June 3, 2008 |
Next week when the focus of the golf world turns to the U.S. Open, most of the hype will be about a potential showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Not only are they the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world, respectively, but this year's Open venue, Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, is a familiar favorite for both. Between them, they have won the Buick Invitational, which is played at Torrey Pines each year, nine times (Woods six, Mickelson three). Still, anyone who spent a glorious afternoon yesterday at the ACE Club in Lafayette Hill for the 10th annual Exelon Invitational may have seen a potential Open champion in Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Aaron Baddeley or K.J. Choi.
February 23, 2008 |
Tiger Woods made 12 birdies in 20 holes and needed every one of them yesterday in a brilliant duel with Aaron Baddeley that sent the world's No. 1 player into the quarterfinals of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Rarely has Woods played at such a high level, only to have another player match him step for step, birdie for birdie. Baddeley, who shot 80 in the final round of the U.S. Open the last he played alone with Woods, was 1 up with three holes to play and twice had putts to end the match.
September 12, 2007 |
Out on the practice range at Westchester Country Club during the Barclays three weeks ago, with a video camera slung over his shoulder and his eyes glued to one of the best players in the world, Andy Plummer looked like any ordinary golf fan. That is until the guy he was watching, Aaron Baddeley, nodded to him, Plummer's cue to videotape his next swing. Moments later, Plummer, a teaching pro at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, and his business partner, Mike Bennett, who together are a couple of the hottest swing gurus on the PGA Tour, were huddled with Baddeley, peering into the camera's small back-panel screen, studying every position of his swing, every line, every angle, from take-away to follow-through.
September 2, 2007
Deutsche Bank Championship In Norton, Mass. Aaron Baddeley. . . 67-66?133 Rich Beem. . . 67-66?133 Mike Weir. . . 65-68?133 Sean O'Hair. . . 68-66?134 Phil Mickelson. . . 70-64?134 Brett Wetterich. . . 66-68?134 Ryan Moore. . . 65-69?134 Arron Oberholser. . . 69-66?135 Camilo Villegas. . . 63-72?135 Ryuji Imada. . . 69-66?135 Craig Kanada. . . 67-68?135 Rory Sabbatini. . . 68-67?135 Steve Elkington. . . 66-70?136 Tiger Woods.
April 17, 2006 |
Aaron Baddeley began the day in the most perfect place he could imagine, on Harbour Town's lighthouse closing hole, speaking about his Christian faith. He called on that faith hours later yesterday on the same hole, repeating part of a New Testament verse as he stood over the winning 6-foot par putt in the final round of the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C. "I said, 'This is for you, Jesus,' and knocked it in," Baddeley said. Baddeley won his first PGA Tour title, rallying with two late birdies and finishing off Jim Furyk with a scrambling par on the 18th.
April 15, 2006 |
Jim Furyk added his own touch to Harbour Town's famous 18th hole yesterday, rolling in a 56-foot birdie putt for a two-shot lead in the Verizon Heritage hours after Aaron Baddeley's unlikely eagle there. Putting from the back fringe, Furyk had simply hoped for a good lag and an easy par on the final hole. Instead, he watched his ball strike the flagstick and fall in. His 4-under-par 67 left him at 11 under, two strokes in front of Baddeley (67), Brian Gay (67), Duffy Waldorf (68)