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Briny Baird

  • Birthplace: Miami Beach, FL
  • Residence: Jupiter, FL
  • Birth Date: May 11, 1972
  • height: 5-11
  • Turned Pro: 1995

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Nationwide Tour Victories

(1) 2000,BUY.COM Monterrey Open.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,152,809 (53)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T2-- Verizon Heritage. T6-- Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. T8-- HP Byron Nelson Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

63 at Round 1, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer. 63 at Round 2, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer. 63 at Round 2, RBC Canadian Open.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Opened with rounds of 67-66-67 to sit just one behind 54-hole leaders Bo Van Pelt and Mark Wilson at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Final-round 73 left him T6 and six behind eventual winner Wilson...Posted the second top-10 finish of the season and 25th of his career at the Verizon Heritage, finishing runner-up by 10 strokes to Brian Gay. T3 after 36 holes at HP Byron Nelson Championship, eventually finishing T8 for his third top-10 this season.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

2-- John Deere Classic. T2-- Buick Open, FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, Verizon Heritage.

2008 Season Highlights

Had the best season of his PGA TOUR career, finishing 27th in the FedExCup, earning more than $2 million for only the second time in his career (2003) and ranking in the top 10 in Greens in Regulation...First top-10 of the season came at the inaugural Puerto Rico Open, where he was T2 through 54 holes before finishing T4 after a final-round 72. Bogeyed Nos. 9-12 in the final round to fall out of contention...Held the 36-hole lead at the Zurich Classic and was T2 through 54 holes before a final-round 74 left him T12...Recorded his second top-10 of the season with a fourth-place finish at THE PLAYERS. Was in contention for most of the final round before bogeys on 15 and 17 dropped him back. Finished four behind winner Sergio Garcia. Fourth-place check for $456,000 was the largest of his nine-year PGA TOUR career...Played in all four events of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, including a second appearance in THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola (T27). Finish also earned an invitation to his second Masters in 2009.

Career Highlights

2007: Played in two events in the inaugural PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, finishing 102nd on the points list...Recorded seven top-25s and wound up 100th on the money list...Only top-10 came in 15th start, a T9 at the AT&T Classic...After missing the cut at the Travelers Championship in June, made 14 cuts in a row to finish the season...Played the most rounds (115), led the TOUR in scoring on par 5s (137-under) and made the most birdies (411). 2006: Playing out of the No. 126-150 category, made the most of his limited opportunities to re-gain card for 2007...Carded T5 honors at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, before his third top-10 (T9) at the 84 LUMBER Classic, jumping into the top 100 on the money list. 2005: Fell out of the top 125 for the first time since rookie season in 1999. Unable to finish better than T58 in final three starts and finished the season at No. 126 on the money list...In eighth start of the season, posted first top-10, a T8, at the Bay Hill Invitational...Held the 18- and 36-hole leads at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas after opening 62-66. Fell from contention after a 6-over-par 78 in the third round, but rebounded with a final-round 65 to finish T8. 2004: Finished in the top 100 on the money list for the fourth consecutive season. Posted three top-10s in 30 TOUR starts, including a T2 finish at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort after holding the 36- and 54-hole lead, his third career runner-up finish...Shot a second-round 62 at the Nissan Open and finished T10...Made a hole-in-one on the third hole during the first round of the Buick Open with a 4-iron from 197 yards. His father, Butch, made the first hole-in-one at the Buick Open in 1962 on the same hole. 2003: Finished a career-best 22nd on the money list with a career-high seven top-10s and played in THE TOUR Championship for the first time...Aided by rounds of 65-66 on the weekend, finished T2 at Buick Open, two shots behind champion Jim Furyk...Tied a TOUR birdie-eagle streak record during the second round of the FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort. Began streak with an eagle on the 15th hole and then birdied the next seven holes for a total of 9-under over eight holes. Billy Mayfair set the mark at the 2001 Buick Open. 2002: Recorded two top-10s and earned $817,514...Best finish of the year was a T3 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at 28-under-par 332, two strokes behind champion Phil Mickelson and David Berganio Jr. 2001: Made most of return to PGA TOUR by finishing 63rd on the money list...Runner-up at John Deere Classic, where he finished one stroke behind first-time winner David Gossett. Second-place check worth $302,400 or $27,306 less than father Butch Baird won in 20-plus years on PGA TOUR. 2000: Graduated to the PGA TOUR with fourth-place finish on the Nationwide Tour money list...Won the Monterey Open with tournament-record 20-under par. 1999: Finished 186th on the money list as a TOUR rookie. 1998: Finished 12th at PGA TOUR Qualifying School to earn his first TOUR card. Amateur: 1994 and 1995 Division II champion and Player of the Year at Valdosta (GA) State...Winner of Press Thornton Future Masters in 1989.

Personal

Beginning in 2003, in cooperation with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), placed a photo of a local missing child on his golf bag at every PGA TOUR event to raise awareness of missing children in the United States...Was MVP of high school soccer team...Has an unusual putting style he adopted from his teacher in 1999. Keeps most of his weight on his left foot, which is placed decidedly forward, to encourage remaining still over putts.

Other Information

Ended the 2005 season 126th on the final season money list, $2,545 short of Nick Price who was 125th on the final list. Fell one shot short of earning TOUR card for 2006 via Qualifying School, and will play out of the 126-150 category in 2006. In his eighth start of the season, posted his first top-10, a T8, at the Bay Hill Invitational. Held the 18- and 36-hole leads at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas after opening 62-66. Fell from contention after a 6-over-par 78 in the third round, but rebounded with a final-round 65 to finish T8. Finished in the top-100 on the 2004 final money list for the fourth consecutive season. Posted three top-10s in 30 TOUR starts, including a T2 finish at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort, his third career runner-up finish. Collected a career-best $369,600 which pushed him over the $1-million mark for the second straight season. Made a hole-in-one on the third hole during the first round of the 2004 Buick Open with a 4-iron from 197 yards. Finished a career-best 22nd on the 2003 final money list with a career-high seven top-10s, including a T2 at the Buick Open. Tied a PGA TOUR birdie-eagle streak record during the second round of the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World. Began streak with an eagle on the 15th hole and then birdied the next seven holes for a total of 9-under over eight holes. Made most of return to PGA TOUR in 2001 by finishing 63rd on the money list, with a runner-up finish at the John Deere Classic, one stroke behind first-time winner David Gossett. Graduated to the PGA TOUR in 2000 with fourth-place finish on the Nationwide Tour money list. Won the 2000 Monterey Open with tournament-record 20-under par. In 1999, finished 186th on the money list as a PGA TOUR rookie. Finished 12th at 1998 PGA TOUR Qualifying School to earn his first TOUR card in 1999. The 1994 and 1995 Division II champion and Player of the Year at Valdosta (GA) State. Winner of Press Thornton Future Masters in 1989. Beginning in 2003, in cooperation with Canon, U.S.A., Inc., and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), placed a photo of a local missing child on his golf bag at every PGA TOUR event to raise awareness of missing children in the United States. As an additional component of Canon4Kids, for each birdie registered by Baird, Canon donates $100 to NCMEC, with additional donations for eagles and aces. Was MVP of high school soccer team.

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