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Baddeley Stock Rises in San Antonio

Aaron Baddeley has moved to 108th on the FedEx Cup standings.
Aaron Baddeley has produced his second best result of 2018 at the Valero Texas Open, spurred on by three birdies over his final four holes at TPC San Antonio.

The Victorian's closing round of 1-under 71 left him at 7 under for the week in a share of 16th, which is just his third top-20 for the current PGA Tour season.

Baddeley finished 10 shots behind American Andrew Landry, who notched his first PGA Tour victory.

Importantly for Baddeley however was that it further improved a recent run of solid form on the PGA Tour after what had been a slow start to the year.

Baddeley missed the cut in his opening two events of the year in Hawaii and San Diego but since that point has now made all seven cuts and has now moved to 108th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Landry has been a two-time winner on the Web.Com Tour but his breakthrough win at this higher level is a career changing one given the spoils that will come his way.

He began his final round tied with two-time Texas Open winner Zach Johnson but birdied four of his first six holes to establish what would become a winning break.

Landry won by two over fellow countrymen Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair, O’Hair, storming home with a final round of 66.

Jimmy Walker finished 4th and Zach Johnson 5th but the talk of the week was the performance of former world number one amateur Joaquin Niemann who finished 6th in his very first start as a professional.

The 19 year old Chilean golfer birdied his final three holes to not only secure a big cheque but by finishing inside the top-10 earns the right to play the Wells Fargo Championship in two weeks and thus avoid having to use one of his permitted seven invites.

Of the other Australians who made it to the final 36 holes, Rod Pampling finished 68th and John Senden, after making the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut.

The PGA Tour now moves to New Orleans and the Zurich Classic teams event where Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt will attempt to successfully defend their title.

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