Aussie has hopes for repeat of 2006

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. --- Aaron Baddeley is hoping he can repeat his Easter experience from 2006.


The Australian delivered the message at the sunrise service at Harbour Town Golf Links, then went out that afternoon and won The Heritage for his first career PGA Tour victory.

Baddeley will again be the featured speaker at today's service.

"It's definitely a privilege to be asked to do it," he said. "I'm going to talk about being a father, some of my struggles the last couple of years, and about having Jesus in your life."

Baddeley shot 2-under-par 69 on Saturday and trails leader Luke Donald by five.

The 2006 victory was full of meaning for Baddeley, who said he aspires to be a minister one day. He had just celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary the day before, and he saved par on the final hole with a 6-foot putt to nip Jim Furyk by one shot.

"It couldn't get any better," he said.

Asked if he will pray for a sponsor for the event, Baddeley said yes. The tournament is seeking a title sponsor after losing Verizon last year.

"Absolutely," he said. "I love it here. It'd be crazy if they couldn't get a sponsor here."

MASTERS INVITE: Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Billy Payne raised some eyebrows earlier this month when he suggested that the tournament would review qualification standards for the tournament.

The size of the field is a concern for Augusta National officials, but one standard players don't want to see changed is the one that allows winners of full-field PGA Tour events into the Masters.

"I do think once someone wins a full-field event, one of the first things they think about is I'm in Augusta next year," Ricky Barnes said.

Baddeley agreed.

"Brendan Steele last week, a rookie on tour, and he wins and he's in Augusta. That's so cool," he said

HOT FINISH: Brendon de Jonge played the final nine holes the best of anyone near the top of the leaderboard.

He shot 4-under 31 coming in, with birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 16 and 18.

De Jonge said he feels comfortable at this event, and with his playing partner Saturday, Blake Adams .

"He's a good friend of mine," de Jonge said of Adams, who has ties to Swainsboro and now lives in Eatonton, Ga. Adams is seven shots off the lead.