Money list not Kodak cash drives Baddeley at Disney


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A $1 million lottery ticket is difficult, if not impossible, to ignore, but on Tuesday at Walt Disney World Resort Aaron Baddeley said it was another number that prompted him to skip this week’s Australian Masters to play the PGA Tour’s season finale.

“The main factor was trying to finish with a win and move into the top 70 on the (PGA Tour) money list. It makes a big difference,” said Baddeley, who trails Troy Merritt in the Kodak Challenge, a $1 million season-long race, by one stroke along with Rickie Fowler.

Baddeley said he made the decision to play Disney last Sunday. “It was a tough decision. I love to play at home but for my career a top 3 (finish at Disney) gets me into the top 70 and that gets you into all the invitationals,” the Aussie said.

And before Baddeley gets blasted for skipping a “home” event, he told “Shag Bag” he plans to play the Australian Open Dec. 9-12.