OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) It took Aaron Baddeley just 14 minutes to give up a lead that took him three days to build. It will take him a lot longer to get over his final round in the U.S. Open.
Baddeley's shot an 80 to go from third round leader to fourth round also-ran Sunday, but he insisted that the triple bogey he took on the first hole didn't doom his chances to win his first major championship.
"That 7 on No. 1 definitely hurt,'' he said. "But I looked at it and said, `This isn't over. I still have a chance.' When I walked off the green, I wasn't all that disappointed.''
Baddeley faced the dual pressure of being paired in the final group with Tiger Woods and trying to win his first major. It unraveled early, when he fell short on his second shot on the first hole, chipped over the green and 3-putted for a seven.
"I finally got it in the hole,'' Baddeley said afterward, trying to find some humor in a round that was anything but pleasant.
Baddeley tried not to let the triple get to him, getting pars on the next five holes. But he missed one makable birdie putt after another, and a double-bogey 6 at the difficult 479-yard seventh effectively ended any chance at a comeback.
Baddeley stepped on the first tee with a two-shot lead, only to hear thousands cheering for Woods. He got applause himself, but Woods was clearly the favorite on this day.
Baddeley was philosophical about his struggle on the final day, but it was the kind of round in a major championship that will likely stick with him for some time.
"If I make a few putts on the front nine ... " he said. "If I make that first putt on No. 1 for bogey. I three putt No. 4 for par and miss an 8-footer on the next and a 6-footer on the next, you make any of those putts, then, all of a sudden, who knows? I had no momentum with me at all.''
NO REPEAT: Geoff Ogilvy was in a much better mood when he left last year's U.S. Open.
The defending champion had another rough day Sunday, not spending nearly enough time in the fairway and shooting a 5-over 75. He finished at 19 over and was signing his scorecard before the leaders even saw the Church Pew Bunkers.
"I'm just frustrated,'' he said. "I didn't have much fun the last three days.''
The Aussie started defense of his title well, shooting a 1-over 71 in the first round that left him three strokes back and tied for fifth. He was 1 under for the tournament after his first five holes Friday.