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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Anthony Knight, who caddies for Aaron Baddeley, won the annual "Bruce Edwards-Caddie Closest to the Hole Contest" on Wednesday at the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
Knight hit what Baddeley later called a "cut-up" 9-iron from 130 yards to 9 feet, 11 inches. Ken Sanders, who caddies for Kenny Perry was second at 13 feet, 1 inch while John Senden's caddie Josh Cassell was third at 14 feet, 2 inches.
Knight won an Apple iPad donated by CDW.
"It looked great all the way," Baddeley said. "The best thing was he called it all day. He said it was his time. And the best bit is that he holed the putt for birdie."
Ricky Barnes didn’t waste any time moving into contention Sunday. He stuck his approach on No. 1 to set up this early birdie. Click here to watch
BARNES: The co-leader added to his score with this 22-footer for birdie. Click to watch
BRANDT SNEDKER: Snedeker capped his front-nine 30 with this birdie on No. 9. Click to watch
AARON BADDELEY: The Aussie chipped in for birdie on the par-5 second. Click to watch
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HUMBLE, Texas -- Aaron Baddeley was one of those chasing Phil Mickelson and Scott Verplank. For a while.
Baddeley got to 15-under for the tournament after a birdie at the 10th, but he was still trailing Verplank, at the time, by one. Then Verplank and Mickelson took off.
Mickelson birdied five holes in a row and Verplank birdied three of four to get to 19 under.
"I’m playing pretty well and thinking I should be getting closer," Baddeley said. "But noooo. I was hearing all the roars and looked at the board and seeing 17 (under), 18, 19. It was crazy."
Still, he heads to Augusta National with a share of fourth place, his best finish since winning the Northern Trust Open earlier this year.
"I played pretty good today," he said. "I hit a couple of loose shots down the stretch, but overall, I was pretty pleased."
AARON BADDELEY'S SCORECARD:
DORAL, Fla. -- Aaron Baddeley, who ended a four-year victory drought earlier this month at the Northern Trust Open, has finally gotten untracked during the second round at TPC Blue Monster.
He's 4 under through 13 holes after rolling in a 20-footer at No. 10 and a 15-footer at the 12th. After opening with a round of even par, Baddeley finds himself currently tied for 11th and five strokes off the pace.
The Aussie, who turns 30 on St. Patrick's Day, was off last week. But it was hardly a restful one for Baddeley whose parents' home in Melbourne was destroyed by fire.
Earlier this week, Baddeley said his family was doing well. The fire appeared to have started in some faulty wiring and quickly spread up the walls into the ceiling. His family had about two minutes to get out before the roof caved in.
"The only things they had was their pajamas," Baddeley said. "The next door people brought clothes for them to wear that day."
His father Ron will be on crutches for another three or four weeks after suffering second-degree burns on his foot. He stepped on some red-hot marble when he rushed out of the house after the gas barbeque exploded and woke everyone up. Right now, his parents are sorting through insurance papers and looking for a house to rent.
"I spoke to Dad the other day and he sounded great," Baddeley said. "He's at total peace about it all. He says, hey, we'll just start again." – Helen Ross
DORAL, Fla. -- The odds might be stacked against Hunter Mahan, who set the pace in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a 64.
The first-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win just two of nine stroke-play events on TOUR this season, Jonathan Byrd at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Aaron Baddeley at the Northern Trust Open.
Meanwhile, in 11 previous Cadillac Championships, the first-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win the event four times – Tiger Woods in 2002, Woods in ‘06, Geoff Ogilvy in ‘08 and Phil Mickelson in ‘09.
BEST BALL-STRIKERS: Rory McIlroy (68) led the field in round one by hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation. Francesco Molinari (68) led the field with 12 of 14 fairways hit in regulation.
HOLE STATS: The par-3 fourth hole played the toughest during the first round with an average of 3.227. The par-5 first hole was the easiest at 4.303.
SETTING THE STANDARD: Rory McIlroy (68), Padraig Harrington (68) and Jhonattan Vegas (69) had the only bogey-free scores in the first round. But 47 of 66 players recorded par-or-better scores during the first round.
Accenture Match Play points breakdown
|550 points – Win||101 points – T5 (loss in the round of eight)|
|315 points – Runner-up||68.25 points – T9 (loss in the round of 16)|
|200 points – Third place||46.56 points – T17 (second round loss)|
|140 points – Fourth place||22.50 points – T33 (loss in the first round)|