Aaron Baddeley struggled on the last day, but his form is turning. Image: Getty
Aaron Baddeley started this season with only a limited status on the main US PGA Tour, but two big results have given him the chance to play back on the tour.
Baddeley today had a disappointing finish at the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, falling from the lead of the first half to the second in a row, washing his lead away with three bogeys on the first nine before he rallied when it was too late was
But the result in second place together with his T4 in the Safeway Open earlier this season gives him valuable Fedex Cup points that give him a chance to study, even with limited starts. The Victorian finished last season 137th in the rankings, out of the top 125 who are in full status and then missed a new chance at the Web.com Finals. He is 54th in the standings this season.
Today, Baddeley, who had converted only two or eight 54-hole leads into the PGA Tour, hit a final-round 72, equally par, to be overtaken by the American Martin Trainer. Two young Australians, Curtis Luck (25th) and Cameron Davis (16th) also finished in the top 30.
Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson blew the field at Mexico City during the World Golf Championship event and won with five shots. Johnson started with a comfortable buffer and closed with a 66. When Rory McIlroy tried to pressure him with six birdies on the last nine, the American earned five of them himself.
Queenslander Cameron Smith was equated with sixth place after a close of 70 and earned $ 261,000 for his problems.
Tiger Woods finished 10th and builds up to the Masters in Augusta National, just seven weeks away.
At his first appearance at a WGC event, the Australian winner of the ranking, Jake McLeod, finished 45 and took a check for $ 65,000.