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Baddeley's form improvement continues in Dominican Republic

Baddeley is building consistency in 2019.
Australian Aaron Baddeley’s recent form improvement continued this week when he finished in a share of 7th place at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in Punta Cana in The Dominican Republic.

Although he slipped four positions from his 54-hole standing it followed a recent runner-up finish in Puerto Rico and a solid week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Baddeley began day four two shots behind the then leader and eventual winner, Graeme McDowell, and an early birdie had him on the heels of the leaders.

He was unable to build any further momentum however but his round of 67 saw him finish in 7th place and record his third top ten of the season as he chases greater stability on the PGA Tour.

Matt Jones rebounded from a disappointing Saturday with a final round of 67 to finish 18th, Curtis Luck was 52nd and John Senden 57th.

The winner of the event, Graeme McDowell, recorded his 4th PGA Tour victory following wins at the US Open in 2010, the 2013 RBC Heritage and the Mayakoba Classic in 2015.

Despite a bogey at his final hole, Northern Ireland's McDowell was able to edge clear of Chris Stroud who bogeyed his final two holes after having the lead on his own with two holes to play.

For McDowell it was his first top ten on the PGA Tour since the Shriners Hospitals for Children in late 2017.

"It is difficult to win on the PGA Tour," said McDowell. "Obviously all the leading players are at in Austin in Texas this week but we still had a great field down here.

"I said on Wednesday that I was down here on a mission and motivated and that attitude was going to be very important this week. 

"This one is a pretty sweet victory and feels a little like my win at Mayakoba as it comes at the end of a long grind although this one's been coming for a while."

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