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Baddeley & Scott commit to Johnnie Walker

Australia''s young guns Aaron Baddeley and Adam Scott are poised to go head-to-head in the $2.4 million Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth next month.

Tournament organisers last night confirmed Baddeley, 20, and Scott, 21, will join internationals Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Notah Begay III and Colin Montgomerie at Lake Karrinyup from January 24-27.

The two friendly rivals – they played together for Australia in the World Cup in Japan last month – are having holidays after long seasons. The Johnnie Walker is likely to be the first event for both in 2002.

Baddeley is expected to play five events in Australia before again heading overseas. After the Johnnie Walker he will play the Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne and the ANZ Championship at The Lakes, Sydney. The three tournaments are jointly sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA tours.

Baddeley has a two-year exemption for Europe courtesy of his play-off victory over Garcia in the Greg Norman International, also at The Lakes, in February.

The dual Australian Open champion will also play two USPGA Tour Buy.Com events in March – the Jacob's Creek Open at Kooyonga in South Australia followed by the Clearwater Classic in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A good showing in either Buy.Com events would give Baddeley entree onto the US secondary tour after he let slip that exemption for 2002 with a final-round 78 at the US Tour School.

Scott and Baddeley have bypassed the New Zealand Open featuring Tiger Woods at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club near Wellington two weeks before the Johnnie Walker.


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