has sights on Masters place
Aaron Baddeley has set his sights on the top-50 world ranking he needs
as a ticket to the major championships as he sizes up the Honda Classic
in Palm Springs, Fla., this weekend.
Baddeley, who skipped last week's Ford Championship at Doral, is ranked
91st in this week's list, and is running out of time to push it high enough
to force himself into the field for next month's Masters at Augusta National.
The Victorian probably would need to win either the Honda or the Bay
Hill event in the following week to get to Augusta.
But his manager, Paul Galli, said a recent re-ranking of the first-year
players by the U.S. PGA Tour had put him at No. 1, securing his card for
the short term.
Baddeley was beaten by Ernie Els in a play-off in the tour's first event
in Hawaii but missed successive cuts after that. His form returned with
an 18th at the Chrysler Classic in Tucson, when he began the final day
in contention but shot a fourth-round 72, allowing a string of players
to overtake him.
Still, he is a creditable 21st on the money list with $566,550.
``His aims were a high re-rank in the first seven weeks and he's done
that, plus a top-50 ranking overall, so that's what he's turning his attention
to,'' said Galli. ``If he can get to the top 50, it opens up the majors
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