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November 10 2013

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Baird's chances go splash

Baird bogeys No. 18

In the final round of the The McGladrey Classic, Briny Baird holes a 25-foot bogey putt after hitting into the water on the par-4 18th hole.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Just when it looked like Briny Baird's career drought would end, his chances splashed down in the water left of the 18th fairway.

Tied for the lead with Chris Kirk on the final hole of The McGladrey Classic, Baird topped his 4-iron from a fairway bunker and into the hazard.

"I didn't have obviously a really good lie, but it was a doable shot," he said. "My foot just slipped. I didn't do a good job."

Baird made bogey on the hole and went on to lose to Kirk by one. The silver lining? The 25-foot putt he made on 18 gave him $480,000 and secured his card for the rest of the season.

The 41-year-old was on a major medical extension from having surgery on both shoulders in 2012 and the bogey was worth a difference of $220,000.

"There's always a silver lining," Baird said. "Whether I made that putt or missed that putt, I still would have said it was a good week."

Just not good enough for his first win in a year's worth of starts -- Baird was playing in his 365th tournament on the PGA TOUR. Six times he has finished second.

"It's disappointing," Baird said. "I fought really, really hard. I really did. I didn't play particularly well today. I hung in there really good. I made some putts when I needed to make some putts. Disappointing. It really is."

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