Aaron Baddeley chips from the bunker during the final round of the Barracuda Championship at Montreux Country Club on August 5 in Reno, Nevada. Picture: Christian Petersen/Getty
Aaron Baddeley chips from the bunker during the final round of the Barracuda Championship at Montreux Country Club on August 5 in Reno, Nevada. Picture: Christian Petersen/Getty

Baddeley credits swing coach for getting him back on track

AARON Baddeley has credited the swing coach he shares with the resurgent Adam Scott for instilling belief he can save his US PGA Tour status at this week's Wyndham Championship.

Baddeley sits 12 places outside FedEx Cup standings' top 125, who qualify for the upcoming playoffs and earn US Tour cards for next season.

With his exempt status running out this week, the Australian is likely to need a top-10 finish or better at the regular season-ending Wyndham event in Greensboro, North Carolina.

But 37-year-old Baddeley is not worried about FedEx Cup standings as his rank of 137 has all but guaranteed a spot in the secondary Web.com Tour finals - where he can earn back US Tour privileges - as well as conditional status on the main circuit next year via the 125-150 FedEx finishers' category.

"I have no doubt I can get it done this week," Baddeley told AAP.

"But even if I don't, there are plenty of options for me to have enough PGA Tour starts next season.

"You can't think about those numbers because it's not helpful to playing good golf."

A defiant Baddeley, a four-time winner on the US Tour, is setting his sights higher than just retaining his card this week.

Having flirted with the lead and contended during the past two months at the US Open, Canadian Open and Barracuda Championship, the Victorian feels he can win the Wyndham Championship.

Swing coach Brad Malone - who has enjoyed good results with former world No.1 Scott, including a third place at last week's US PGA Championship - has Baddeley feeling his best golf is yet to come.

"My results, I think, have been a combination of what Brad has laid out for me as well as the hard work I've been putting in," Baddeley said of Malone, who he has worked with for almost two years.

"I have always been a tinkerer with my full swing, but Brad has simplified it down to four components I work on constantly and it has changed my game.

"This year has been one of the better ball-striking years I've ever had - I just haven't rewarded it with good putting.

"But I feel the putter getting hot again and I know my best golf is ahead of me."

Also in the field and needing hot finishes at the Wyndham Championship are Australians Matt Jones, who is 146th on the FedEx standings, as well as Cameron Percy (170th) and Stuart Appleby (196th).

Rod Pampling will tee up at Sedgefield Country Club but is exempt until the end of next season courtesy of his US Tour victory in Las Vegas in 2016.

- AAP

News Corp Australia


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