NORTON, Mass. – When Aaron Baddeley started Monday’s final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, his target score was to shoot 66. That would put him at 6 under for the tournament and assure his place inside the top 70 who’ll advance to next week’s BMW Championship.
Alas, he came up short, shooting a 1-under 70. And it appears he also came up short to make it to Crooked Stick. Having started the week ranked 85th in FedExCup points, Baddeley is projected at 73. It’s not official yet, but he knew after walking off the course Monday that his fate was essentially sealed.
“We’re having a baby, which we’re excited about. So I’m not sure if I’m going to play any of the Series yet. Just take some time off, enjoy the family and enjoy the baby.
“I really have no idea. I wasn’t planning on being out of the Playoffs.”
Baddeley was in great shape early, with birdies on three of his first four holes. But he bogeyed the fifth, suffered two more bogeys, and didn’t post another birdie until the par-5 18th.
Even then, an eagle at the last would have slipped him inside the top 70 but he couldn’t hole his bunker shot.
“I didn’t hit the bunker shot that I wanted,” he said. “I thought it might spin over to the right and go in.”
It didn’t … and so he’s going home.