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December 13 2012

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No. 39 Aaron Baddeley

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To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here .


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2013 PREVIEW: Aaron Baddeley will likely spend the offseason working on his iron play as he dropped from 97th to 190th on TOUR in GIR -- dipping more than seven percentage points. His scoring average dipped nearly a stroke, while his strokes gained-putting improved 26 spots. Put it all together again and that fourth TOUR win can't be far off.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: The tie for eighth at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational wasn't Baddeley's highest finish of the year -- that joint fourth at Pebble Beach was. But the two 66s at Firestone, coupled with the caliber of the field, had to be a confidence boost. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I think Aaron might have the best putting stroke on TOUR. He can get on a roll where everything seems to drop. He is a very family oriented and very well respected among fellow players. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Although he regressed severely with his irons, there were enough signs that it's again time to buy in at $1.215 million. In addition to top 10s at Muirfield Village and Firestone, he ranked eighth in strokes gained-putting and seventh in birdie-or-better percentage. For all intents and purposes, it was about as bad a year as he could have. Entering his 11th season on the PGA TOUR, but won't turn 32 until March, so the Aussie is entering his prime. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
65th

Final Playoffs ranking
78th

Best finish 4th AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
By the Numbers
Starts: 22
Cuts made: 16
Rounds played: 72
Top-10 finishes: 3
Money List rank: 76th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 68th
Driving accuracy: 175th
Greens in regulation: 190th
Strokes gained-putting: 8th
Scoring average: 123rd

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