PLANO, TEXAS, January 2, 2008 – Adams Golf has expanded its tour staff with the addition of Aaron Baddeley, a two-time PGA TOUR champion and 18th-ranked player in the world. Baddeley is coming off his best season as a tour pro with one victory, seven Top 10s and a sixth-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings. As part of his contract, “Badds” as he is commonly known, will wear the Adams Golf hat, carry the tour staff bag and is expected to start the year playing the company’s line of Insight fairway woods. He will be working with Adams Golf to determine the best driver, hybrids, and irons to maximize his game.
“We’re proud to have Aaron join our growing PGA TOUR team,” said Chip Brewer, Adams Golf president and CEO. “Aaron is a wonderful player and a class individual who has the potential to be the marquee player for Adams Golf on the PGA TOUR. We look forward to a long-term relationship in which we will develop product to give one of the great young stars in professional golf a competitive edge. Having Aaron on our staff builds on the successes we’ve had over the years on the Champions Tour as well as our recent success in hybrid clubs on tour. We’re confident Aaron will be an excellent brand ambassador for us.”
Since turning pro in 2000, Badds has won over $7.6 million in prize money. Last season, he finished 10th on the Money List having won over $3.4 million. He earned the second PGA TOUR victory of his career at the FBR Open in February where he closed with back-to-back, 7-under-par 64s to win by one stroke. His breakthrough win on tour came in 2006 at the Verizon Heritage Classic when he rallied to win with a six-foot putt on 18. Most recently, Badds added to his International resume by claiming his first Australian Masters championship in November. This was his fourth international victory, which includes two Australian Open titles.
“After careful consideration, I have become impressed with the Adams Golf people and brand. I also believe that their highly-acclaimed R&D team is best-equipped to work directly with me to provide the right equipment for my game,” said Badds. “I’m excited about this new partnership and I hope this will turn into a long-term relationship for us both. I’m entering a very exciting phase in my career and both hope and believe the same can be said about Adams Golf.”
At 26-years-old, Badds becomes one of the exciting new and young faces of a renowned tour staff of pros with the likes of Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Brad Bryant and Brittany Lincicome. Aaron is a devout Christian and often leads bible study groups on tour. A resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., Aaron has been married to his wife, Richelle, for more than two years.