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Baddeley in top form

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

LOS ANGELES, California - Aaron Baddeley will use momentum gained from Torrey Pines in his attempt to win at 'home' in Phoenix for a second time.

Baddeley won the 2007 Phoenix Open in record fashion, sitting six shots back after the opening two rounds, the Victorian shot a pair of weekend 64s to win by a shot at 21-under.

The late blitz remains a record weekend for the tournament since TPC Scottsdale was lengthened to its current mark and fuels the positive vibes for Baddeley as he looks to make a move back towards a Masters invite.

Coincidently Baddeley comes into the US PGA event having shot the best score over the fog-delayed 'weekend' at Torrey Pines as he rocketed from a tie for 69th to a tie for sixth.

Baddeley makes his USA base in Scottsdale, not far from this week's course, giving the week a real 'home' feel.

"I do love playing in front of friends and family back in Phoenix," Baddeley said.

"It's great to see a lot of familiar faces and have their support and given the momentum I can use from Torrey and the desire to get another win on tour I'm excited for the week."

Baddeley moved back to 80th in the world after Torrey Pines, giving him two more weeks to jump inside the top 64 for the upcoming WGC Match Play Championships.