Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Aaron Baddeley was regarded as one of the most promising golfing talents in the world when he was in his late teens and has gone on to prove this prediction right by ranking within the top-20 in the world during his short but equally successful career. After being introduced to golf at age 8 by his grandmother, Jean Baddeley, Aaron has gone on to make an impact at each event in which he plays; sometimes not just for is golfing competence.
Coming from a fashion-loving family, Aaron regards fashion as one of his hobbies and is rarely is he seen not sporting his favoured J Lindeberg clothes. He is also one of a growing band of new professionals on the PGA Tour who are no strangers to the gym. He considers physical fitness a key success factor to his game and if he was not as successful on the golf course then would love to be the best fitness trainer in the world.
During a sparking Amateur career Aaron won the Holden Australian Open in 1999 and then regained the title in 2000, by which time he had turned professional. In his rookie year on the PGA Tour of Australia in 2000/01 he topped the Order of Merit. After moving to the PGA Tour in 2003 he struggled to find a consistent level of performance among the world’s elite and only secured his maiden victory at the 2006 Verizon Heritage. His latest victory at the 2007 FBR took him back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Aaron is yet to win a Major Championship but came close in at the 2007 US Open where he was leading the field after 54 holes. He ‘blew-up’ on the final day, carding an 80 and eventually finishing in a tie for 13th place.
2008 did not get off to the best of starts for Aaron as he again struggled to find a level of consistency on The PGA Tour. He would follow respectable finishes inside the top-15 with missed cuts the following week. The highlight of the season came at the Verizon Heritage, which he won in 2007, where he came close to defending the title. A final round 69 however was not enough to stop Boo Weekly from claiming a 3 shot victory.
Aaron Baddeley Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Aaron Baddeley throughout his career
Aaron Baddeley Tournament History
2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational
26-29 March 2009 - Bay Hill Country Club and Lodge - This week marked the return of the Tiger Woods we all know and love. After 9 months out of action after re-constructive knew surgery - a birdie putt at the 72nd hole saw Tiger win as Bay Hill for a sixth time. Those familiar back-nine heroics and a putt that everyone knew he was going to drain saw the world number 1 come from 5 strokes back on the final day - equalling his career best comeback. This remarkable comeback must have been great to watch apart from the eyes of Sean O’Hair who Woods beat into second place.
In Aaron Baddeley's bag...Aaron recovered from an opening round of 75 with a 68 in the second to make the cut (just!). However the poor form continued over the weekend and Aaron posted scores of 76 and 74 to fall down the leader board into a tie for 66th. Not know for going quietly, Aaron’s bag reflects this. We cannot identify his driver or fairway woods but his irons we can. It is clear for all to see that Adam’s golf have made a set especially for ‘Badds’. This customisation continues through to his Callaway X Forged Vintage finish wedge that has ‘Badds’ stamped on the back.
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2007 World Golf Championship - CA Championship
22-25 March - WGC - CA Championship - Doral Golf Resort and Spa - Blue Monster Course. Tiger Woods bagged another $1.35m for his two-shot win over Ryder Cup team mate Brett Wetterich at the Blue Monster Course at the Doral Resort in Miami, Florida between 22nd-25th March 2007. No one ever got closer than three shots to Tiger on the final afternoon. The World Golf Championships are played over five continents – and feature the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Rankings along with top finishers on the money lists of six Tours comprising the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Australasian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour and Southern Africa Tour). The formats vary - match play, strokeplay and team - but the purses are always big! The WGC CA Championship is the fifth tournament Woods has won at least three times in a row.
In Aaron Baddeley's bag...Taken just after he banked $1m for winning the FBR in 2007, Badds' MacGregor M675 Forged irons can clearly be seen. He uses Macgregor Forged wedges. The headcovers are all Macgregor but our best information is that he actually uses a TaylorMade R7425 TP driver and V-Steel fairway woods.
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