Driving down memory lane of the Emirates Australian Open
IT’S a match made in heaven: Hyundai’s luxury sedan, Genesis, is now the Official Vehicle Partner of the nation’s premiere golf championship, the Emirates Australian Open.
To celebrate this partnership we’re turning the clock back over the coming weeks, re-living some of the great moments that have made the Stonehaven Cup one of the most sought after trophies in the game.
To kick things off we’re going back 17 years to a week when an 18-year-old amateur stunned some of the world’s best players by capturing the 1999 Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club. Aaron Baddeley’s two shot victory over Greg Norman and Nick O’Hern was special for a number of reasons, not least being that he was paired with then World No.3 Colin Montgomerie in the final round and outplayed the Scot by two strokes.
Baddeley was regarded as a promising player for the future when he arrived at Royal Sydney that week and while he believed he could win the tournament despite his tender years, nobody else, Baddeley family aside, shared his confidence.
But after opening with a superb 67 to be three shots off the lead, Baddeley went on with the job. A second round 68 and third round 70 was good enough to hold a one shot lead over Montgomerie after 54 holes.
Many believed the teenager would falter on Sunday, the dream surely set to come to an end under the white hot pressure that is the final nine holes of a big time golf tournament.
But Baddeley hadn’t read the script. Not only did he hang tough, he outscored all but two of the professionals that Sunday. His 3-under 69 was one of only six sub-70 scores on the day, his victory being the first by an amateur since Bruce Devlin back in 1960.
Look out for more great Emirates Australian Open moments throughout Series Two of the Genesis Golf Link Cup.
You can also win a VIP ‘Inside the Ropes’ experience at this year’s Emirates Australian Open. Thanks to Genesis, each week in Series Two of the Genesis Golf Link Cup you can enter to win this exclusive prize just by answering a simple question.
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