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Baddeley out to master his emotions

By Mike Hedge 03/12/2002 05:06:38 PM Comments (0)

Australia's golfing whizz kid Aaron Baddeley has vowed the ill-tempered outburst he produced at Coolum last weekend won't be on show at the Australian Masters this week.

Baddeley's out of character tantrum, screened nationally on television, went down as a black mark against his squeaky-clean image.

But he says the outburst, which followed a string of bogeys, will never happen again.

The 21-year-old's temper got the better of him early on Sunday during the held-over third round of the Australian PGA championship.

He threw a club and a golf ball and stormed off to the next tee.

The episode clearly upset the player who has set himself up as a role model for young golfers.

"I was very surprised at myself," Baddeley said at Huntingdale today.

"It's the first time I can remember behaving like that.

"I did carry on....I didn't want to act like that.

"You can have a million dollars on it, I'll be perfect this week."

Baddeley shot to the top of Australasian rankings in his first year as a professional, and looked to have the golfing world at his feet.

But his form outside Australia had been disappointing until the second half of this year's US season.

A strong finish to the year on the Buy.Com Tour earned Baddeley entry to the US PGA Tour and he has continued the form since returning to Australia.

In the Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club he finished a shot behind winner Steve Allan and last week was in contention again, finishing sixth behind Jarrod Moseley and Peter Lonard.

One of those Baddeley will be setting a good example for in the Australian Masters this week is American rookie Ty Tryon.

Like Baddeley, the 18-year-old is coached by David Leadbetter and the pair have formed a close friendship.

Tryon had his first look at an Australian golf course today and came away in a positive frame of mind.

"If you hit it straight and play smart you should get around here OK," Tryon said.

"I feel good, my game is coming along...hopefully I will have a good week."

Like the current world No.1, who was Eldrick before he was Tiger, Tryon has a more formal given name than the one that appears on leaderboards.

The real name of the youngest player ever to hold a US Tour card is William Augustus Tryon IV.

His father nicknamed him Ty after the character Ty Webb played by Chevy Chase in the golf comedy Caddyshack.

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