Fresh Badds in their Happy Place

Posted by on June 12, 2019  /   Posted in golf news

by Mark Hayes on Pebble Beach

Aaron Baddeley grinds away in the practice area on Pebble Beach.

If you had shot at all US Opens from 2000, you would have won five and been in two play-offs.

Specifically at Pebble Beach, you were in the play-off with Graeme McDowell in 2010, and while Tiger Woods lost 2000 in 2000 with 12 strokes in 2000, your second and a comfortable three were free from third place.

So it says all you need to know about the positive mindset and good form of Aaron Baddeley coming back to Northern California that he wasn't sure he would sign up for four even-par-rounds of 71 if they were offered.

His HUGE pause to think about that question was significant.

"I don't know. The weather will be fine …", Baddeley finally began.

"I am not interested in the big check (that would guarantee), because if you are below par, you have a good chance of winning and that is what I think you are doing. Absolutely."

The Victorian – astonishing 38 for those who remembered his dual Australian Open heroism at the turn of the century as if it were yesterday – giggled almost reluctantly when she considered being one of only nine players in this week's field to play the last two US Open to have played on Pebble Beach.

"Yes, I think I'm showing my age a little bit, but I don't want to say that," he said with a trademark grin.

"I received a special invitation in 2000 after winning the Aussie Open and then I qualified in 2010, so it's a special US Open for me to be here again.

"I love the US Open. I was excited for Shinnecock (Hills in New York then T25) last year, but to get back to Pebble here, I know the course very well, and my caddy (legendary loop Pete Bender) knows the job very well, so we are calmly confident. "

And this year, perhaps more than any other in the second half of his long American career, "Badds" comes relaxed to his 11th US Open and not in an air fight to hold his American PGA Tour card.

The Aussie, who started this season on limited status after a battle last year, has already done enough to secure his playing rights for next year.

With that comes the freedom to choose a schedule that best fits his lifestyle and demands of his time

"Yes, it is beautiful. This (northern) summer feels like I can take a little free time, so it will be nice to leave a few vacations while the children do not go to school.

"It's great to be rested and feel good for the play-offs and not feel like I'm going to play.

"Last year I played too much. I should have played less, but you learn."

And covering Baddeley & # 39; s good vibes is that he was on his 13th competitive visit to Pebble Beach, including one of the fourth in the 2012 AT&T Pro-Am.

"It's a great course because it gives you options with drivers or irons and I like that. The strategy is to be patient – the center of the green is a good place.

"My ranking is coming, the game is where it should be and my putting is really good again, back where it should be.

"So it's exciting. I'm going so much better with the ball this year and I've been able to take advantage of some good balls, which made me more birdies."

Every miracle-par sounds only average.

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