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Baddeley & Katayama get Masters invite

Aaron Baddeley, a two-time winner on the Australasian tour and the first rookie in nine years to win its money title, and Shingo Katayama of Japan were offered special invitations to play in the Masters.

That brings the April 5-8 Masters field to 94 players. Brad Faxon, Steve Stricker, Joe Durant and Toshi Izawa qualified Monday because of their position in top 50 in the world ranking or top three on the PGA Tour money list.

Baddeley, the 19-year-old Australian, will be playing the Masters for the second straight year. He also received a special invitation for international players last year for winning the Australian Open as an amateur.

He missed the cut by one stroke.

Aaron Baddeley will make his second Masters appearance in 2001. Allsport.

He turned pro in November, then won the Australian Open again. Baddeley also won the Greg Norman Holden International in a playoff over Sergio Garcia and won the money title, becoming the first rookie since Robert Allenby in 1992 to do that.

Baddeley is at the Honda Classic this week, making his PGA Tour debut as a professional. It was the only tour event in which he made the cut last year.

Katayama was offered an invitation for winning five times on the Japanese tour last year and winning its money list. He is No. 54 in the world ranking.




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