Aaron Baddeley is a Melbourne boy who would be devastated to miss out on a spot in the International team to play the Presidents Cup in his home town this November.
Greg Norman is set to name his two captain’s choices on Wednesday. The two players named will join the 10 players who gained automatic selection thanks to finishing Top-10 in the Presidents Cup qualification standings.
Last week Norman hinted that Robert Allenby, another native Melbournian will be selected for event and the second pick was still up for grabs. John Senden, Vijay Singh, Richard Green and Aaron Baddeley were all to be considered.
The way Norman spoke last week, it came across as though Baddeley may miss out barring a good week at the Tour Championship
“I feel for Aaron, because he’s one of those guys who really wants it. Sometimes when you want it, you’ve got to be careful how you get it. Sometimes that’s putting a little less strain on yourself that allows you to build up the ladder a little bit instead of putting pressure on yourself and staying on one rung and maybe even drop back a little bit,” Norman said last week.
But Baddeley did have a good week at the Tour Championship. In fact, it was a great week.
Baddeley finished a shot out of the sudden-death playoff eventually won by Bill Haas. If he hadn’t missed a few short putts in the final round, he may well have been the Tour Championship and Fed Ex Cup winner.
“Two short misses on the back nine cost me,” Baddeley said after the tournament. “That was the golf tournament. Make those two short ones, I win.”
We’ll know on Wednesday whether Greg Norman can overlook the two short putts and select Baddeley for the Presidents Cup.