Baddeley had missed five of his last seven cuts leading into the event including that at one of his favourite events last week, the RBC Heritage.
A 15th place finish in Houston in his previous start to Hilton Head however indicated that his game was in reasonable shape and so it would prove as he put together a strong closing nine today to secure the 5th place finish.
It was Baddeley’s best PGA Tour finish since his win at the Barbasol Championship in July of last year. He had previously played well in San Antonio having finished 3rd in 2010 and was well placed heading into the weekend in 2014 and 2015 before midfield finishes
The prizemoney he earns this week will move Baddeley within just $300,000 or so of career earnings of US$20,000,000 on the PGA Tour.
Cameron Smith recorded his equal second best finish in a PGA Tour event but his best as a cardholder when he completed the tournament one shot behind Baddeley and tied for 6th.
For the second time this week Smith holed a bunker shot for eagle, this time early in his round after he had bogeyed the first today and then matched birdies with bogeys over the closing 16 holes to finish with a round of 71 and his 7 under total.
US based Sydneysider, Matt Jones, also made a move over the weekend to finish in a share of 13th. It was the 2015 Australian Open Champion’s best PGA Tour finish since finishing 11th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am 14 months ago.
Geoff Ogilvy was 27th and Cameron Percy 62nd.
The winner of the event, Kevin Chappell, broke through for his first PGA Tour title in his 180th start and now into his 7th PGA Tour season.
The 30 year old Chappell birdied the final hole to edge out Brooks Koepka, who had recorded the best round of the final day (65), by one shot with Kevin Tway and Tony Finau sharing 3rd place.
The PGA Tour now moves to New Orleans for this coming week’s Zurich Classic.
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