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Baddeley receives praise from all quarters

An exhausted Ron Baddeley received another shock today to almost match his son Aaron's stunning Australian Open victory at the weekend.

After a draining day of non-stop media interviews in Sydney yesterday, which went from 6.30am to 5pm, he was reduced to tears when given a copy today of a letter from Prime Minister John Howard, congratulating his 18-year-old son.

The PM said to triumph in such style against such fierce competition was a "fantastic effort".

"You've got to be joking .... gosh, that's huge," he said gazing at the three-paragraph,hand-signed letter by Howard.

As he read the letter out to journalists, he had to pause to compose himself, clearly moved by the words.

Aaron, 18, took it all in his stride, backing up for another round of hectic interviews and requests before finally escaping the spotlight to play a practice round for this week's $800,000 ANZ Players Championship at Royal Queensland.

Even then the media and their cameras followed in case he did something special.

Such is Baddeley-mania which has accompanied the exciting teenager's win, some people are suggesting he could pull golf fans through the Royal Queensland gates the way Greg Norman does.

Young Baddeley, though, seemed oblivious to all the fuss and attention, calmly, articulately and innocently answering every kind of question pitched at him during today's press conference.

Did he have a girlfriend? What kind of car did he drive?

Was he going to turn professional? How much money were hungry agents waving in his face? What did he think of all the attention and had he changed?

He answered them all: No, he hasn't got a girlfriend; he drives a little Ford Laser; he's not turning professional anytime soon; he doesn't go out drinking much; and "money isn't important".

So, was there any question he hadn't been asked in the past 48 hours?

"I don't think so, I've think I've heard every question under the sun," he said.

"I didn't think there was this much media in the country, but they happen to have found me and it's been a lot more than I expected."

What are his expectations this week?

"To win," he said without a moment's hesitation.

"I want to go out and win again. I wouldn't be here if I wasn't planning on winning."

Spoken like Greg Norman.