|Full name||Michael Jancey Baird|
|Born||May 11, 1972|
Miami Beach, Florida
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
Valdosta State University
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Highest ranking||53 (April 4, 2004)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Korn Ferry Tour||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 2004, 2009|
|PGA Championship||T22: 2001|
|U.S. Open||T40: 2001|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 2009|
Baird was born in Miami Beach, Florida, the son of professional golfer Butch Baird. He played varsity golf in the 7th grade at Miami Country Day. He originally attended Georgia Tech before transferring to Valdosta State University where he won the NCAA Division II individual golf championship in 1994 and 1995. He turned professional in 1995.
Baird won the 2000 Monterrey Open on the Buy.com Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour). He currently plays on the PGA Tour, but a poor 2005 season saw him lose his card. His highest placing to date on the end of year tour money list was 22nd in 2003. In 2008, he finished 27th in FedEx Cup, automatically qualifying him for the 2009 PGA Tour season. Although he has never won a PGA Tour event, he has finished second on six separate occasions, most recently at the 2013 McGladrey Classic.
Baird is known for his odd putting style that worked for him when he was doing it as a drill and it just stuck. On May 19, 2009, Baird hit a 230-yard shot from the top of the Omni San Diego Hotel to a bulls-eye in the center of Petco Park in order to give everyone a free chicken wrap at P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
In 2010, Baird entered the final event of the season 125th on the PGA Tour money list. He stumbled in the final round and a number of other players had better finishes. Baird finished 127th on the Tour, two spots out of retaining full Tour status.
In 2011, Baird nearly won his first PGA Tour event, the Frys.com Open. He lost on the sixth playoff hole to Bryce Molder. Despite the loss, the finish moved Baird from 148th to 93rd on the Tour's money list, which meant avoiding Q School.
Baird still has status on the PGA Tour via a medical exemption but he has not played a tour event since 2014.
Professional wins (1)
Buy.com Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Mar 13, 2000||Buy.com Monterrey Open||−20 (66-69-67-66=268)||4 strokes||Mark Hensby|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2011||Frys.com Open||Bryce Molder||Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2001 U.S. Open – 2003 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 0
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||T49||T11||T33||T56||CUT||4||CUT||CUT||WD||WD|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results in World Golf Championships
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
- "Week 14 2004 Ending 4 Apr 2004" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- "PGA Tour Pro Briny Baird Hits the Bullseye and you get Free lettuce wraps at PF Changs". zimbio. May 19, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- "All-time money leaders with no wins". PGA Tour. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.