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Aussies to watch in 2017: #6 Aaron Baddeley

VICTORIAN Aaron Baddeley's return to the PGA Tour's winner's circle in 2016 may be the start of the 35-year-old's resurgence on the world stage.

AARON Baddeley’s career hasn’t taken flight like many would have predicted after he won back-to-back Australian Opens by the age of 19.

But it’s been far from a disaster for the 35-year-old with more than $19.2 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour alone.

The Victorian - widely regarded as one of the best putters in the world over many years - found his mojo in July when he ended a five-and-a-half-year victory drought at the Barbasol Championship.

Baddeley beat up-and-coming South Korean Si Woo Kim in a four-hole playoff  to capture his fourth PGA Tour win.

Haters will tell you the Barbasol Championship was on the same week as The Open Championship but it meant a fair bit to Baddeley and he proved it with one of the best victory celebrations in recent memory.

After draining the winning birdie putt from about 25 feet at the fourth extra hole, Baddeley ran off the back of the green and tossed his white, sponsorless cap into the air.

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And Baddeley quickly sorted out his hat sponsor less than three months later when he signed a multi-year equipment deal with PING.

At November's Australian Open at Royal Sydney, the Melburnian had sentimental golf fans hoping he would reign supreme 17 years after his breakthrough win at the famed layout as an amateur in 1999.

That wasn't to be, but his fourth-place finish booked his ticket to the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Expect Baddeley to continue his resurgence in 2017 and have even more sponsors knocking at his door.

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Henry Peters
About The Author : Henry Peters

As part of his Sydney-based role as Leader - Digital Content for MPower Golf, Henry works across both the iseekgolf.com and golflink.com.au platforms. He also has previous journalistic experience as Managing Editor for Golf Victoria magazine and as a television news and sports reporter for both Ten Eyewitness News and WIN News in Victoria.

 

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