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October 10 2011

2:20 AM

Baird a bridesmaid again

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- As far as losses go, this one will actually be a little easier for Briny Baird to swallow, even if he’s now gone 348 starts without a victory.

“I finished second before four times, and only one of those four times did I really honestly think I had a chance to win,” said Baird, who lost to Bryce Molder on the sixth playoff hole at the Frys.com Open.  “The other times they weren't back door seconds, but I didn't feel like I was out there to win the tournament.

“Today I felt like I was out there to win the tournament.”

He certainly had his chances -- again. On the fourth extra hole was Baird’s best chance; he had a 7 1/2 -footer for the win but missed it.

But to Baird’s point, he also hit some big shots Sunday when he needed them most -- a birdie on the 15th and a pitch-in eagle on the 17th during regulation, not to mention three birdies during the playoff.

“For me that's a big deal,” Baird said. “There's a hurdle that I overcame today that I'm not scared to talk about it.

“If I knew [how to win], you know, I would have -- I probably would have won. You know, because you keep doing this, that's knocking on the door. A lot of other times, you know, you finish second, you finish third, you finish fourth, you're not really knocking on the door. You're just shooting a good Sunday round when you were in 25th place. This was good.”

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