Golf Australia - - THE OPEN -

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*.

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