Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Badds Makes Top 50 to Play US Masters

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Badds Makes Top 50 to Play US Masters

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AUSTRALIA'S Aaron Baddeley is among 15 players whose top-50 ranking at year's end will earn them a place in the 2009 US Masters.

Baddeley's season-end ranking of world No.33 earned his spot as three players on two continents made one final push for the top 50 to make the trip to Augusta National.

The final official shot of 2008 was a tap-in birdie by local Richard Sterne to win the South African Open in a playoff, capping his unlikely climb in the world rankings to earn an invitation to the major.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tied for third at the South African Open and will move up to No.39, while Lin Wen-Tang of Taiwan tied for sixth in the Volvo Masters on the Asian Tour and will be No.49.

But no-one made a bigger move than Sterne, who was ranked No.113 two weeks ago.

He won the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the South African Open in consecutive weeks to move up 70 spots to No.43.

Lin was also out of the top 100 in early November but began his move by winning the Hong Kong Open and securing his place with a tie for sixth at the Volvo Masters. …

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