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Late blunder costly for Baddeley in Las Vegas

Baddeley will need something special tomorrow (Photo: Bruce Young)
A double bogey at his final hole of the day in round three of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas was a costly way to finish for Australian Aaron Baddeley.

Baddeley now finds himself six shots behind leaders Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun and thre shots out of the 3rd placed Tony Finau.

Baddeley came to the last within range of the leaders but a pitch into the water cost him the double bogey and, although he still remains as an outside chance to contend tomorrow, the finish might just have cost him a chance of contending.

Defending champion Rod Pampling is in 55th position and Geoff Ogilvy’s round of 77 sees him the last of those who made the cut.

Hossler, a former outstanding amateur while at the University of Texas, is in his first season on the PGA Tour after graduating via the 2017 Web.Com Tour.

His round of 66 today was the best of the day in what were windy, demanding conditions at the TPC Summerlin and he now has chance of winning his first PGA Tour title in just his third event as a cardholder. Twice runner-up in Web.Com Tour events the 22 year old now has an opportunity to make his first win as a professional a significant one.

Spaun is also chasing his first win on the PGA Tour and today he recovered from a horror start when recording bogeys at three of his first five holes, when leading, to steady the ship.

Spaun has won on both the Canadian and Web.Com Tours and in that regard is more experienced than his co-leader so tomorrow will be an interesting study in just how two young players pursue their first victory at this level.





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