OPENS PLAYED: Opens played: 7. BEST FINISH: T69 (2012). WORLD RANKING: No.132.
Anything seemed possible for Aaron Baddeley when he lifted the Stonehaven Cup at the 1999 Australian Open as a teenage amateur; there was hardly a more exciting young talent in world golf. And while eight professional wins is an impressive accomplishment, the 36-year-old still hasn’t recorded a top-10 finish at a major championship. More concerning, he has never signed for a round under 70 at The Open.
The Victorian has found some consistent form under American coach Scott Hamilton, finishing fifth at the recent Valero Texas Open and claiming his first PGA Tour win in five years at last year’s Barbasol Championship.
Baddeley stamped his ticket to this year’s championship via a fourth-place finish at last year’s Australian Open.
Ahead of his eighth visit to golf’s most prestigious tournament, Baddeley recalled the advice of a two-time Open champion.
“It’s a different style of golf … I remember talking to Greg Norman about it,” Baddeley said. “He was saying to just remember that the golf is designed to be played on the ground with links golf.” WINNING ODDS: $126*.