Baddeley celebrates with his wife and daughters
Today was a day the PGA Tour dreams about.
In one corner, Aaron Baddeley. The 29-year-old Australian has fallen on hard times recently. Still, Baddeley maintained his nice guy demeanor, remaining one of the most well-liked guys on tour.
In the other corner, Fred Couples. At 51 years old, Couples was trying to become the oldest winner on tour in more than 35 years.
At the end of the day, however, Baddeley closed with a two-under(-par) 69 to fend off the likes of Kevin Na and Vijay Singh, and Couples was left wondering, "What if?"
Baddeley, like many players, followed the "Stack and Tilt" swing theory, and saw his golf game and world ranking decline dramatically. No surprise, then, that he rejoined long-time swing coach Dale Lynch.
Under Lynch, Baddeley's game has improved. He may finally fulfill all the promise he showed as a youth.
This is Baddeley's third PGA Tour victory. It has been a long time since he won his last—four years to be exact. And although the victory did not put Baddeley back into the top 50 in world rankings, it did punch his ticket to Augusta in April.