World No. 245 Aaron Baddeley authored a 5-under-par 31-35=66 in today's final round of the Barbasol Championship to match Si Woo Kim's 72-hole aggregate of 18-under 266, and then eliminated the second-year pro with birdie-3 on the fourth hole of sudden death.
Playing this season on Past Champion status, the 35-year-old claims his fourth PGA TOUR title in his 354th career start (345 pro), and first since the 2011 Northern Trust Open, 135 events ago. With the win, he collects 300 FedExCup points, is projected to jump to 41st in the FEC standings, and earns a two-year exemption on TOUR. The Aussie began the finale in a two-way T2 on 13-under after opening his second appearance in 70-66-64, three back of 54-hole leader Jhonattan Vegas. Playing out of the final threesome, he squashed a lone bogey-5 at the 15th with birdies on Nos. 4, 7, 16 and 17 and an eagle on the par-5 fifth. Baddeley had a chance from 13'8" on the 72nd hole to win in regulation, but missed. In the playoff, the duo matched pars on the first two tours of the par-4 18th, and pars on the par-3 17th, before Baddeley claimed the title on the third playing of the 18th. He improves to 1-1 in sudden death, having lost the 2003 Sony Open in extra time.
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