It wasn't the finish that fans wanted to see on Sunday, but Aaron Baddeley didn't care. All Baddeley did was play consistent golf better than the rest of the field and hold off two legends in the golf world while doing it.
Baddeley closed with a 2-under 69 (-12 total) to capture his first win in four years and third of his career. The 29-year-old, Australian had rabid American golf fans hoping he would stumble so 51-year-old Fred Couples could defy the odds and become the oldest player to win on the PGA Tour.
Couples tore out of the gate Sunday, birdying the first three holes of the day, but found some hazards not long after. He missed a par putt on the sixth hole, double-bogeyed No. 7 after an errant drive, and then bogeyed two of the last three holes on the day.
It was a high-of-highs and low-of-lows tournament for Couples. He finished T7 with KJ Choi at -7. Not exactly the ending he was dreaming of, but that's usually how the story is told when you pit old vs. new on the PGA Tour. The elder veteran hangs around, has a few stunning moments, but simply can't hold the momentum long enough to raise the trophy.
Vijay Singh tried to catch Baddeley on Sunday, but came up two shots short, finishing at -10 for the tournament. Singh closed the the tournament with a final round 69, finishing second - his best in over two years.
Baddeley earned himself a trip to the Masters in the spring and couldn't have been more pleased with pulling out the victory Sunday, saying "It's definitely been a couple of long years, but it was worth every bit."