“It feels like a long time ago,” Baddeley said of his last victory, the 2011 Northern Trust Open, “yet it doesn't in the sense of the feeling of being in this position doesn't feel abnormal. Probably the hardest thing is just like last year was just not knowing what was wrong with my golf swing. I wasn't hitting it very good and hitting it all over the place and not knowing.
“We started working and started making some changes and I feel like I've been close to playing really good for a while now. I've had glimpses of that, and definitely looking forward to tomorrow and getting out there.”
Baddeley is trying to join Jason Day, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and Adam Scott in becoming the sixth Australian to win on the PGA Tour this season. However, he maintains that the others haven’t necessarily provided any special inspiration.
“I don't know about inspiration, but I always like to see my mates do good. And I can't say I was inspired, but I feel like everything I was doing I was doing well. And I was going to start playing well. I was super pleased for those guys. And even just like Bubba [Watson], he's one of my best mates; he and Martin Kaymer playing great, he's a good friend of mine, too. So to see these guys playing great, actually really happy for them.”