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Baddeley finishes T18 on PGA Tour

Jan 23, 2019

Aaron Baddeley showed he still belonged on the main PGA Tour with a strong showing at last week’s Desert Classic at La Quinta, California. He was our best placed Aussie, finishing T18. Our big guns - Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and emerging Cameron Smith all rested, while Cameron Davis finished a respectable T28. Curtis Luck made the cut while Matt Jones, Rod Pampling and John Senden all missed weekend action.
While the Champions Tour players rested their weary bones, the Tour got back up and running and Cameron Percy flew the flag with an encouraging T16 – his best place for many months on the Tour. Brett Drewitt finished in T24, however Jamie Arnold, Brett Coletta, Rhein Gibson all missed the Cut.
Over the next few weeks the PGA China, Mackenzie (Canada) and Latinoamerica Q-School’s commence.

PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of January 14, 2019
The PGA TOUR and its affiliated Tours boasts a large roster of Australians as members. Here is the recap from this past week’s action and the Australians’ performances.

PGA Tour
Desert Classic
Stadium Course at PGA WEST, Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST, La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, California*
Purse: $5,900,000 ($1,062,000 to winner)

Next Tournament: Farmers Insurance Open
(San Diego, California, January 21-27)

*The Desert Classic is one of four tournaments played on multiple courses, along with the Farmers Insurance Open, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and The RSM Classic.







Stuart Appleby





Aaron Baddeley

T18 (-16)



Earned his best finish at the Desert Classic in his seventh appearance. Carded all four rounds under par for the second time this season. First achieved this feat at the Safeway Open, finishing T4 in his season debut.

Greg Chalmers





Cameron Davis

T28 (-15)



Made his Desert Classic debut and earned his third top-30 of the 2018-19 season—T17, Safeway Open and T28, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Jason Day





Matt Jones

CUT (-6)



In nine overall appearances at the Desert Classic, missed the cut for the second consecutive time. Best finish at this tournament came in 2010, where he finished T8. Has carded 34 of his 37 rounds under par at La Quinta, with a scoring average of 68.51.

Marc Leishman





Curtis Luck

T70 (-7)



Carded a bogey-free, 8-under 64 in the first round, his lowest round of the season. Struggled with scores of 76-75 on the weekend en route to a T70.  Made the cut for the second time this season in six starts, ending a three-consecutive-missed-cuts streak, beginning at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Geoff Ogilvy





Rod Pampling

CUT (-3)



Missed the cut for the fifth time in his 11th Desert Classic start. Best finish came in 2004, where he was T9 for his only top-10 at La Quinta.

Adam Scott





John Senden

CUT (-4)



Missed the cut for the first time in his third start of the 2018-19 season. Made his 16th Desert Classic appearance, Has four previous top-10 finishes: T6, 2005, T5, 2006, T9, 2009 and T6, 2012.

Cameron Smith





PGA Champions Tour
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Hualalai GC, Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii
Purse: $1,800,000 ($305,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Oasis Championship
(Boca Raton, Florida, February 8-10)

PGA Tour
The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay
Sandals Emerald Bay GC, Great Exuma, Bahamas
Purse: $600,000 ($108,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club
(Great Abaco, Bahamas, January 20-23)





Jamie Arnold

CUT (+3)


Missed the cut for the second time in his third consecutive appearance at this event.

Brett Coletta

CUT (+9)


Made his Tour debut and struggled with a 10-over 82.

Brett Drewitt

T24 (-1)


Carded all four rounds under par on the Tour for the first time since the 2018 Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. In his only other start at this event, finished T3 in 2018.

Rhein Gibson

CUT (+2)


Missed the cut in his third appearance at this event. Finished T3 at the 2018 tournament, where he went on to finish No. 60 on the money list. 

Cameron Percy

T16 (-9)


Earned his best Tour finish since a T6 at the 2018 Rex Hospital Open.

PGA Mackenzie Tour (Canada)
No tournament this week
Next Tournament: Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Q-School-Central
(San Antonio, Texas, February 26-March 1)

PGA Latinoamerica Tour
No tournament this week
Next tournament: PTLA Qualifying Tournament- Mexico
Mazatlan, Mexico, January 22-25


PGA China Tour
No tournament this week
Next Tournament: Mainland China Q-School
(Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, January 21-25)