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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Fry's Electronics Open

Mr Science Reports from the Open:

I got Aaron Baddeley www.badds.com in the Pro-Am today. He's a neighbor, you know, in Scottsdale, and current FBR Open Champion. He shot a very casual 66, with one bogey. He only missed one shot, but not on the hole he bogeyed. Pushed his drive into the desert on 16, a downhill par 3 with a pond left and short of the green. It was about 30 yards, and the green was maybe 20 feet below him, sloping away from him, with the water on the other side. His caddy bet him he couldn't get up and down. 10-to-1 odds, $10 to win $100. He hit the shot out of the desert, landed in the fringe, and rolled about 4 feet past the pin. Another par. He made every putt he looked at inside about 10 feet today.

On 17 he made the bogey, but it was totally bad luck. On his approach, the wind suddenly came up and he ended up short of the elevated green. His sand wedge carried to the 2nd tier, next to the pin, and checked up about 3 feet from the hole. Then it started rolling back. It almost stopped at the top of the hill, but it rolled down onto the bottom tier and turned toward the side of the green. It almost stopped on the green, but it rolled off and down the slope onto the fairway. Same shot again, same distance. This time he put it inside a foot and tapped in the bogey putt.

Watch out for Badds. I predict he will do well in this tournament. He's swinging very smooth, hitting it long and straight, and putting great. He had a good 2-putt on 18 from about 60 feet above the hole.

And, I just joined his fan club, Club Badds. GO BADDS! GO MacGregor !

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