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Baddeley takes advantage of Safeway Open start

Baddeley capitalises on impressive effort just to get a start in Napa. (Photo: Bruce Young (file photo))
Aaron Baddeley has taken advantage of a start at the PGA Tour's season opening Safeway Open via Monday qualifying by adding his second round of 67 to an opening 70 to be in a share of 15th place as the event heads into the weekend in Napa in California.

Baddeley, who narrowly missed out on regaining his PGA Tour privileges via the recent Web.Com Tour Finals , recorded a round of 65 on Monday to secure one of the four places still available in the field and while six shots behind the 36 hole leader, Brandt Snedeker, it is an encouraging start to the event.

Baddeley’s round was highlighted by a holed approach from 160 yards at the par 4 10th getting his round underway after what had been a lacklustre front 9 of even par. He would add three more birdies for a final nine of 31 and a round of 67.

Also sharing 14th place is New Zealander, Danny Lee, while other Australasians to have made the cut are Cameron Davis, playing his first PGA Tour event as a cardholder, in 49th place and John Senden and Brett Drewitt 68th.

Drewitt also Monday qualified for the event after he too had missed out at the Web.Com Tour Finals, the NSW golfer holding on to make the weekend with nine consecutive pars to finish his round of 71.

The leader, Snedeker, has played the event on two occasions previously finishing 17th in 2016 after a slow start to the event. Snedeker won recently at the Wyndham Championship and against this slightly weaker field than he has faced in recent starts he is excelling.

He leads by three over Ryan Moore, Phil Mickelson and Michael Thompson, Mickelson’s effort in particular noteworthy given the demands and disappointment of last week’s Ryder Cup.

 

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