Date: April 16, 2012

Grant Report – Bubba is an inspiration says Baddeley

Aaron Baddeley says he has drawn inspiration from last Sunday’s US Masters victory by his best friend, Bubba Watson.
   Baddeley was one of the first to rush onto the green to congratulate Watson after he defeated South African Louis Oosthuizen at the second play-off hole at Augusta.
   The Victorian said Watson’s win was "probably the next best thing" after he was unable to take the title himseld.
   "I feel energised and a bit inspired and it makes you want to keep working harder to achieve things like that," Baddeley told AAP.
   "Bubba is my best mate out here on Tour and to see him win and how much it meant to him, it was just awesome."
   Baddeley was in a solid position early in the third round of the Masters, tied for fifth, but slipped back in the field to lose his chance by stumbling home five over par through the closing five holes.
   He finished in a share of 40th but was not completely disappointed, saying he had been able to learn several aspects about his game from the tournament.
   "There are a lot of positives to come out of last week even though I didn’t finish off the round on Saturday as well as I wanted to," Baddeley said.
   Unfortunately they will have to wait to materialise.
   At the weekend Baddeley failed to make the cut at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in South Carolina – an event he claimed as his maiden of three US PGA Tour titles.
   He took out the crown back in 2006 and has maintained an impressive record, including a runner-up finish in 2008.
   Baddeley was talking up his chances before the Heritage, confident of doing well again.
   "I feel like I play well there every year so I have a lot of great memories," he said. "I have a lot of good thoughts about how to play the course and especially as it was my first win it brings a lot of good memories back.
   "I feel like I’m always there or thereabouts with a chance on the weekend and I am hoping I can get back in that position again."
   Watching Watson bend his shots during the Masters would help him in South Carolina, he said.
   "I think the tightness of the course helps my focus but also the ability I have to shape shots both ways helps/
   "Bubba likes to shape the ball and he moves it a long way. His ability to hit a driver with 50 yards of fade and still hit it 330, well there aren’t many people who can do it.
   "But not everybody can hit both a fade and draw with control either and I feel like I can play it both ways and I enjoy having to be able to hit it high and low as well.
   Baddeley unfortunately bowed out after rounds of 73-76.
   Greg Chalmers was the leading Australian, the left-hander finishing in a tie for 20th.
   Victorians Geoff Ogilvy (T29), Marc Leishman (T44) and Stuart Appleby (T56) all made the cut but were unable to press the pacesetters.

   The tournament was won by American Carl Pettersen by five shots from compatriot Zach Johnson.