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Aaron Baddeley targets US Open

AFTER a birdie blitz at the Memorial Aaron Baddeley hopes to push his way into the US Open on Monday.

AARON Baddeley is hoping he can take his birdie barrage from the Memorial Tournament into Monday's US Open qualifiers.

Despite leading the field at Muirfield Village Golf Club with a whopping 28 birdies over the four tournament rounds, Baddeley finished just three-under par in a tie for 37th.

On Sunday he was six-under on his round through 12 holes before dropping six shots down the stretch.

Multiple errors were the story of his week, the result of trying to win the mental battle after his recent poor run of form, but the Victorian hopes enough positives remain in his game leading into the 36-hole major championship qualifiers.

Scattered across 10 sites in the US on Monday, Baddeley is part of a 22-man Australian assault looking to book one of 56 final tickets to the US Open at Pinehurst No.2 in North Carolina on June 12-15.

"I'm just making some silly mistakes. It's more mental errors than anything else," Baddeley, the world No.233 explained.

"I have to take the positives into tomorrow. I have to see the good and try to keep making as many birdies as I can. I am putting nicely, hitting some great shots, I just need to tidy up the poor ones."

Six Australians, led by world No.1 Adam Scott, are already in the field for the US Open.

World No.7 Jason Day, 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Matt Jones and amateur Oliver Goss are also exempt.


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