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Baddeley's narrow miss at Safeway Open

Aaron Baddeley drives during today's final round of the Safeway Open.
Aaron Baddeley has produced his best PGA Tour finish since his win at the 2016 Barbasol Championship, missing out on a three-way playoff by one shot at the Safeway Open in California today.

With an opening nine of 3 under 33, Baddeley moved within four of then leader Brandt Snedeker and when Snedeker struggled early in his back nine the Australian's chances of a potential 5th PGA Tour title improved greatly.

Baddeley, though, would bogey the 12th hole when failing to get up and down from the greenside bunker and although he picked up one final birdie at the last he would eventually finish at 14 under and in a five-way tie for 4th and one shot shy of extra holes.

The event was won by Kevin Tway, the son of Greg Norman's conqueror at the 1986 PGA Championship, Bob, after he beat Ryan Moore and Snedeker in a playoff.

Snedeker was eliminated at the first hole before Tway ended it with a birdie at the third extra hole. For Tway it was his breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour.

For Baddeley, however, it was a remarkable week given he did not even have a start in the event before qualifying on Monday with a round of 65.

Baddeley missed out on regaining his full playing rights to the PGA tour when finishing 132nd on the FedEx Cup table in 2018 and then, unable to regain his card via the Web.Com Tour finals, he was forced to Monday qualify in order to play this week.

Importantly for Baddeley the finish will afford him a start in the next full field event of the season at the Sanderson Farm Championship later in October and puts him in a very good position to regain a PGA Tour card from only limited status.

Cameron Davis was the next best of the Australians when 17th in his first ever event as a cardholder, further confirming his significant talent which was best highlighted with his win at the 2017 Australian Open.

Brett Drewitt, another without PGA Tour status, also qualified with a round of 65 on Monday and recorded his best ever PGA Tour finish when sharing 25th place this week. A last-minute decision to delay a honeymoon proved worthwhile for the New South Wales golfer.

John Senden made the 36-hole cut but missed out on advancing to the final round.

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