November 29, 1999 |
Aaron Baddeley, 18, won the Australian Open on Sunday to become the youngest champion in the tournament's 95-year history and the first amateur winner in 39 years. Baddeley closed with a three-under-par 69 for a two-stroke victory over fellow Australians Greg Norman and Nick O'Hern. "I thought I could win today," he said. "I played to the best of my ability and it was good enough. You dream about this."
January 18, 2003 |
Aaron Baddeley paid his dues. Now, the 21-year-old Australian wants to show he belongs among the best players in golf at the Sony Open. With birdies on three of his last five holes at windy Waialae Country Club, Baddeley polished off a six-under-par 64 to share the 36-hole lead with Retief Goosen. "I love being in the last group," Baddeley said. "It's where I want to be -- tied for the lead, and comfortable with my game." The pressure is nothing new.
February 23, 2003 |
Aaron Baddeley is 10 strokes behind leader Charles Howell III entering the final round of the Nissan Open and he will not be playing in the same group with Tiger Woods, but you can bet he will have a significant gallery today at Riviera Country Club. And don't be surprised if most of those following him are teenage girls. Baddeley is a 22-year-old Australian who could pass for the lead singer in a boy band.
February 20, 2011 |
Sometimes it's the things no one notices. Kevin Na , who attended Diamond Bar High School, started the final round of the Northern Trust Open on Sunday at Riviera Country Club tied with Fred Couples for second place, a shot behind Aaron Baddeley , the eventual winner. By the time Na, who was paired with Couples and Baddeley, reached the 18th hole, he was in third place (behind Baddeley and runner-up Vijay Singh ) and facing a seven-foot putt for par. Na made the putt to complete an even-par round of 71 and finished alone in third place.
April 5, 2000 |
Like any responsible father, Ron Baddeley is picking up the tab for his son's education. Tuition will run about $72,500 for the three-year accelerated program. A little less than Princeton, a bit more than UCLA, but if his son's independent study in the next few months is successful, a bargain at any price. Aaron Baddeley, the student, has been playing golf barely six years.
February 19, 2011 |
Fred Couples is a sentimental favorite to win the Northern Trust Open on Sunday, a 51-year-old with emotional loyalty to the Riviera Country Club course where he has won two titles. Kevin Na is another sentimental favorite, a local kid from Diamond Bar High who is hoping his first PGA Tour win might give his father a happy helping of hope as he battles leukemia in Korea. Couples and Na are both at nine-under-par 204 after three rounds, and that's almost good enough to lead.