Aus Open Moment #2: Amateur Aaron stuns the world

AS we gear up for the 2016 Australian Open, we look back at the day Aaron Baddeley announced himself on the world stage.

GENESIS is the Official Vehicle Partner of the 2016 Emirates Australian Open and to celebrate this partnership the Genesis Golf Link Cup is turning the clock back to relive some of the greatest moments in Stonehaven Cup history.

1999 - Amateur Aaron baddeley stuns the world

To kick things off we’re going back 17 years to a week when an 18-year-old amateur stunned some of the world’s best players by capturing the 1999 Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Aaron Baddeley’s two-shot victory over Greg Norman and Nick O’Hern was special for a number of reasons, not least being that he was paired with then World Number Three Colin Montgomerie in the final round and outplayed the Scot by two strokes.

Baddeley was regarded as a promising player for the future when he arrived at Royal Sydney that week and while he believed he could win the tournament despite his tender years, nobody else, Baddeley family aside, shared his confidence.

But after opening with a superb 67 to be three shots off the lead, Baddeley went on with the job.
A second round 68 and third round 70 was good enough to hold a one-shot lead over Montgomerie after 54 holes.

Many believed the teenager would falter on Sunday, the dream surely set to come to an end under the white hot pressure that is the final nine holes of a big time golf tournament.

But Baddeley hadn’t read the script. Not only did he hang tough, he outscored all but two of the professionals that Sunday.
His 3-under 69 was one of only six sub-70 scores on the day, his victory being the first by an amateur since Bruce Devlin back in 1960.

This article originally appeared on genesisgolflinkcup.com.au.

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