Baddeley, Scott lurking at the 2012 Memorial

Baddeley the leading Aussie in Ohio

AARON BADDELEY shot a three-under par 69 to share third place after the first round of the 2012 Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.

Baddeley was three behind Scott Stallings who took the outright lead after birdying the 18th for a 6-under 66.

Starting on the back nine, Baddeley birdied his first hole and had another on the 12th before an unlucky bounce off a cart path on 14 saw him go out of bounds.

He fought back from that double bogey with three more birdies and some clutch par saves.

Scott also started on the back nine and after three birdies had an unfortunate double bogey on the 18th. There was another bogey on the par three 4th followed by birdies at 5 and 7.

His 2-under 70 saw him tied for 11th along with eight others including Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.

Greg Chalmers and Geoff Ogilvy were at 1-under with a string of others including Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

Local knowledge didn’t seem to help Muirfield member Jason Day who finished 2-over with Nick O’Hern, Fred Couples and others.

Americans Spencer Levin and Erik Compton shared second on 5-under while Phil Mickelson didn’t seem happy or in the groove all day. He shot a 79 then withdrew saying he was fatigued and needed rest before the U.S. Open.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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