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Briny Baird

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 5/11/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 185

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Briny Baird still has nine starts remaining on a Major Medical Extension to earn 72.240 FedExCup points or $96,029 to retain status.
The now 45-year-old's MME dates back to a back injury in 2012, where he subsequently missed 17 months between May of 2012 (MC, Byron Nelson) and a T26 at the 2013-14 in October, 2013. On the MME, he played 17 events during the 2013-14 campaign, missing seven cuts and WD'ing twice, posting one top-25 finish, a T2 at the McGladrey Classic as a 54-hole co-leader. The Florida native and resident has not made a start anywhere since the 2014 Crown Plaza Invitational (74th place) in May, 2014, and has been inactive so long that he's not included in the Official World Golf Ranking any longer. Wed, Dec 20, 2017 12:41:00 PM

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Briny Baird remains stuck on nine starts to earn just $96,029 or 72.240 FedExCup points on his Major Medical Extension.

He's been out of action since May of 2014 with a back injury. Now 43 years of age, his body doesn't recover like it used to, but the length of his sabbatical raises concern, especially when you take into account the easy targets to retain status. (He's already exceeded the minimum for conditional status by 43 FedExCup points.) Still, post-T2 at the 2013 RSM Classic, Baird went just 6-for-14 without a top-45 finish. He's banked $13.25 million on the PGA TOUR, all without the benefit of a win -- he's finished second six times -- so he's not necessarily rushing to return to the grind out of financial necessity. He could be a cheap source of starts if we see him again sooner than later.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 07:45:00 PM

Briny Baird has been given nine starts on a Major Medical Extension to earn $96,029 or 72.240 FedExCup points and retain status.

Baird sat 100th in the FedExCup standings when he took solo 74th at Colonial in what remains his last start. He faded to 141st and has conditional status if he doesn't climb out of the medical, but his return to competition remains a question mark. He missed time due to a back injury. Since his co-runner-up at The McGladrey Classic last November, he's a mere 5-for-14 with no top 45s.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Briny Baird has been removed from the published field of this week's Travelers Championship due to an ongoing back injury.

He was slated to go off the 10th tee at 1:10 p.m. ET. Baird also withdrew from his last commitment in Memphis. On the strength of his co-runner-up at The McGladrey Classic last fall, he's still 113th in FedExCup points and 110th in earnings, but he's been tilting to land outside the bubble ever since that surprising payday.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Briny Baird has been removed from the published field of this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

He's battled a myriad of ailments this year, the most recent a back injury that forced him to withdraw during THE PLAYERS. He then went MC-74th on the Texas Swing, so today's decision will clinch three consecutive weeks off until after the U.S. Open. After sitting as high as seventh in the FedExCup standings, Baird has fallen to 101st.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Briny Baird settled for a 2-over-par 36-36=72 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

He withdrew 27 holes into last week's PLAYERS with a back injury, so if he was feeling better today, it's not like he's terribly thrilled about it. He hit 12 greens in regulation and squared four bogeys, two via three-putts. He didn't hole anything outside of eight feet, either. Baird is six strokes back of the clubhouse lead.
Thu, May 15, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Briny Baird withdrew from THE PLAYERS during his second round due to a back injury.

Baird started on No. 10 today and called it quits at the turn. He was 4-over-par on the round and 9-over through 27 holes at the time. This puts an end to a consecutive cuts made streak of four that chased an 0-for-7 spell. For the time being, he's scheduled to compete in next week's HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Fri, May 9, 2014 12:43:00 PM

Briny Baird has been removed from the published field of this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

Baird shared 52nd place at TPC Louisiana on Sunday for his fifth consecutive cut made, but he's fallen 14 spots in the FedExCup standings to 75th during the streak. Expect him to resurface at next week's PLAYERS.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Briny Baird is set for his 13th start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season at the RBC Heritage later this week.

Baird was a late scratch from the Shell Houston Open following his T46 at the Valero Texas Open, but it appears everything is in order for Harbour Town. That T46 at the VTO represents his best effort of 2014, but a strong start to his season late in 2013 still has him 68th in the FedExCup standings. He's made seven of his 10 cuts here, including a T2 in 2009.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 02:08:00 PM

Briny Baird has been removed from the published field of this week's Shell Houston Open.

He tied for 46th at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. It was his best finish (and only second payday) since a co-runner-up at The McGladrey Classic in November. Amazingly, despite the 2-for-9 run, he's still 63rd in FedExCup points.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 11:46:00 AM

The opening round of the Valero Texas Open was delayed two-and-a-half hours until 10:00 a.m. CT due to fog.

There were nine delays since play was scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. As a result, it's possible that the 36-hole cut will not fall by sunset on Friday. Today's afternoon wave is scheduled to begin at 2:50 p.m. Briny Baird went off the first tee this morning with Pat Perez and Will MacKenzie.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Briny Baird has been removed from the published field of this week's Puerto Rico Open.

He's struggled considerably since his close call at The McGladrey Classic in November. Baird is 0-for-6 that include a withdrawal due to food poisoning at Pebble Beach. He also withdrew early from the Farmers Insurance Open.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 10:39:00 AM

Briny Baird settled for a 3-over-par 40-34=74 in his opening round of the Northern Trust Open.

Scoring is always challenging at Riviera Country Club, but this round already puts him behind the eight ball to make the cut. Back in action following an illness at Pebble Beach a week ago, he hit only eight greens in regulation today and erased two birdies with five bogeys. His only notable conversion was a par save from 12'2" at the par-4 15th hole.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 02:39:00 PM

Briny Baird withdrew from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am before today's third round due to food poisoning.

He was scheduled to go off the 10th tee at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course at 8:44 a.m. PT. At 10-over 81-73=154 through 36 holes, he may have needed to go sub-60 today just to survive the 54-hole cut. Instead, we'll monitor his commitment to next week's Northern Trust Open.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Briny Baird has been removed from the published field of this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

He missed the cut at the Humana by six strokes to extend his drought to three straight starts since sharing runner-up honors at The McGladrey Classic. Baird's record at Torrey Pines is unimpressive at 3-for-10 with one top 35 (T4, 2003), so it could be a wise decision to wait for a venue historically more suited for his game. Remember, he's fully exempt after fulfilling the terms of his Major Medical Extension, so he can afford to sit out every now and then.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 11:30:00 AM