Current Year PGA Tour Highlights
Ninth season on the PGA TOUR highlighted by a victory at the Northern Trust Open and a selection as one of Greg Norman’s Captain’s picks for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne GC.
In fourth start of the season, claimed his first top-10 of the year with a T6 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
One week later, won for the first time in four years when he captured the Northern Trust Open. Earned third career title with a two-shot triumph at Riviera CC, turning in a winning score of 12-under-par 268 with rounds of 67-69-67-69. Only player in the field to card four rounds in the 60s. Bounced back from a double bogey-6 on No. 12 during the final round with a birdie on No. 13 to cruise to victory. One of a PGA TOUR record nine players to share the first-round lead at 4-under-par. Converted 54-hole lead into TOUR for the second time in his career.
Rebounded from an opening, 1-over-par 73 to finish T4 at the Shell Houston Open.
Produced fourth top-10 result of the year, with a T6 at THE PLAYERS. Posted second top 10 at THE PLAYERS in the last three years after finishing T9 in 2009.
Thanks to a third-round, 6-under 64, he shared the 54-hole lead with Hunter Mahan at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola before a Sunday, 2-over 72 led to a T3 finish, his fifth top-10 of the season. Finished 14th in the FedExCup, his best effort since a sixth-place finish in 2007.
Late in the season, he shot rounds of 67-69 on the weekend at the Australian Open to T8 at an event he has won twice (1999 and 2000).
Played in his first Presidents Cup as a Captain’s Pick in his native Australia, compiling a 1-3-1 record at Royal Melbourne GC.
2010: Finished outside of the top 100 on the official money list for the second straight season, managing two top-10 finishes.
Bounced back from a 3-over 75 in the first round at the Valero Texas Open with three consecutive sub-70 rounds to finish T3, his best performance since a T2 at the 2008 Verizon Heritage.
Was T8 at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the strength of a 7-under 64 in the third round. Finished three shots out of a playoff. Birdied Nos. 13-16 in the final round at TPC Summerlin before a bogey on No. 18 ended his victory chances. 2009: Another steady season with six top-25 finishes, highlighted by a pair of top-10 finishes in May and July.
A final-round, 6-under 66 led to his first top-10 finish of the season, a T9 at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Posted four rounds in the 60s at the John Deere Classic in July. The week was highlighted by a final-round, 6-under 65, giving him his second top-10 of the season, a T9. 2008: Collected nine top-25 finishes en route to a No. 43 finish in the FedExCup standings. Made the cut in 17 of 22 starts, surpassing $1 million in earnings for the fourth straight season.
Finished T9 in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Fell to eventual champion Tiger Woods in 20 holes in the third round.
Fired four rounds in the 60s on Hilton Head Island in April to place T2 at the Verizon Heritage, where he won his first PGA TOUR event in 2006. The T2 was his third consecutive top-10 finish at Harbour Town. 2007: Had the best season of his career, with seven top-10 finishes, a victory and more than $3 million in earnings.
Won for the second time in 21 starts (dating back to the 2006 Verizon Heritage) with a one-stroke victory at the FBR Open, close to where he lives at nearby Grayhawk GC. Closed with consecutive 7-under-par 64s for a winning total of 21-under-par 263. His 14-under-par total on the weekend tied the tournament record for the lowest last 36 holes. Became the fourth international player to win the event since the tournament moved to TPC Scottsdale in 1987.
T6 at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, giving him top-10 finishes in two of the three World Golf Championships events.
Held the 54-hole lead over Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open at Oakmont CC after opening 72-70-70. Paired with Woods in final group on Sunday, triple-bogeyed first hole en route to 10-over-par 80. Finished T13.
Shared the 36-hole lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but a pair of 70s dropped him to fifth at TPC Boston.
Tied for the 54-hole lead with Steve Stricker at the BMW Championship after opening 68-65-65. Playing in the final pairing with Stricker on Sunday, posted a final-round 66 to finish second, two shots shy of champion Tiger Woods.
In first career start at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, finished 24th to lock up a sixth-place finish in final FedExCup standings, earning an $800,000 bonus.
Beat Daniel Chopra on the fourth playoff hole in late November to win the MasterCard Masters in Australia. 2006: Won for the first time on the PGA TOUR and accumulated more than $1.5 million in earnings.
Won the Verizon Heritage for his first PGA TOUR title, rallying with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15, two of the hardest holes on the PGA TOUR, and beating Jim Furyk with a 6-foot par putt on Harbour Town’s lighthouse closing hole. On Easter Sunday morning, Baddeley, who aspires to be a minister when his golf career is complete, spoke at Harbour Town’s Sunrise Service by the 18th green. He also celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Led the TOUR in putts per round (27.96). 2005: Recorded back-to-back top-10s for the first time in his career with his T7 finish at the Nissan Open and T6 finished the next week at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
Best effort of the season was a T4 at the Reno-Tahoe Open, six strokes behind wire-to-wire champion Vaughn Taylor. 2004: Made 70 percent of his season earnings during the West Coast Swing ($445,509, six tournaments), thanks to a runner-up finish in Tucson. In 38th career professional start finished second to Heath Slocum at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Had not made a bogey since the second round at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa, but a three-putt on the 72nd green ended the streak and his chance at victory.
Needed to make the cut at the season-ending Chrysler Championship to secure a spot in the top 125 on the final season money list, finished 67th. 2003: PGA TOUR rookie had a strong debut thanks to three top-10s, including losing in a two-hole playoff to Ernie Els at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff. On the second playoff hole at Waialae CC, Els made a 43-foot birdie putt from the fringe of the 10th green. Baddeley left his 20-foot birdie putt on the edge. The runner-up spot was his first career top-10.
Missed the better part of three months during the year due to ankle injury suffered playing ultimate frisbee after the Bay Hill Invitational in late March. He was out of action from THE PLAYERS Championship until coming back at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he finished T53. 2002: Earned his way on to the PGA TOUR via a 10th-place finish on the Nationwide Tour money list.
Posted three runner-up finishes, at the Knoxville Open, Bank of America Monterey Peninsula Classic and the Gila River Classic. 2001: Played in nine TOUR events and teamed with Adam Scott for a T14 at the World Cup.
Winner of the Greg Norman Holden International. Finished as the 2000-01 PGA TOUR of Australasia Order of Merit Champion and did not miss a cut on the PGA Tour of Australasia that year. Amateur: In 2000, made one cut, a T57 at Honda Classic, in nine TOUR appearances. Stayed with countryman Greg Norman during The Honda Classic, his first TOUR start. Highlight of the year came when he defended his Holden Australian Open title.
In 1999, won the Holden Australian Open, becoming the youngest player to win that event and the first amateur since Bruce Devlin in 1959.
First amateur to receive a special invitation to the Masters (2000) since 1976.
Was selected to the Eisenhower World Team, becoming the youngest Australian to represent his country in any world team event.
Born in New Hampshire before family moved back to Australia when Aaron was only 2. Father Ron served as chief mechanic for Mario Andretti’s race team in New Hampshire. Holds dual American and Australian citizenship.
Introduced to golf at age 8 by his grandmother, Jean Baddeley.
Hobbies include spending time with his wife and two daughters, fitness, sports, reading, go-karting and fishing.
If he weren’t a professional golfer, he says he would have become a preacher, telling people about The Word.
Started a junior event, The Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship, in 2001 that has become one of the leading junior events in the world and is the only junior tournament that gives an exemption to the men’s and women’s Australian Open, JBWere Masters and the ANZ Ladies Masters.