Aaron Baddeley produced a superb final round to steal the FBR Open title from under the nose of Jeff Quinney in a dramatic finish at the TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
The Australian smashed his way to a closing 64 to overhaul a two shot deficit on overnight leader Quinney. Baddeley carded six birdies and an eagle in his final round to finish one clear of John Rollins on 21-under-par.
A group of players had formed behind tour rookie Quinney, but, despite a barrage of birdies from Baddeley and Rollins in particular, he matched his challengers blow for blow and looked to be heading for a deserved maiden tour win.
However he suffered the proverbial golfing collapse on the 17th when he found the water with his drive, resulting in a bogey five, while Baddeley rolled in a birdie putt to turn a one shot deficit into a one shot lead and set up a tight finish.
But, there was no magical moment for Quinney or Rollins at the last as neither found the green with their approach leaving Baddeley with the simple task of two putting from 30 feet for the title. The 25-year-old duly obliged leaving him one clear at the top, with Rollins on his own in 2nd after his 63 ? the low round of the day ? lifted him to 20-under-par.
Justin Rose ended a disappointing week with a level-par round of 71 leaving him tied for 39th at 7-under. While fellow Englishman Brian Davis was a further shot back after a 1-over-par final round of 72.
Baddeley walked away with the winner?s cheque for over $1,000,000 as well as his second PGA Tour title, having grabbed his first tour victory at the Verizon Heritage in 2006.
“I thought I would have to shoot a low one to win,? Baddeley said, “I knew I was going to have to make birdies because Jeff was playing so well.”