Baddeley seizes control in Hawaii


Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 1:56 a.m.

HONOLULU - Aaron Baddeley took three years to reach the PGA Tour. He looked like he was in a hurry Saturday to win his first event at the Sony Open.

The 21-year-old Aussie quickly built a five-stroke lead over a collection of world-class players and finished with a 5-under 65 to keep his distance over Ernie Els.

Baddeley, who won back-to-back Australian Open titles as a teenager, kept his cool when his swing deserted him down the stretch, making tough par saves on the 15th and 16th holes as the Big Easy was making a run.

Baddeley was at 15-under 195 and was two strokes clear of Els, who had a 66.

``I'm just going to enjoy it,'' Baddeley said of his final-round pairing with Els. ``Ernie is a laid-back fellow. Tomorrow is going to be a good day. All I can is worry about my golf ball. If I do that, I can win.''

Robert Gamez, who hasn't won since his rookie season 12 years ago, had a 65 and joined Chris DiMarco (69) and Briny Baird (67) at 10-under 200.

Els is coming off an eight-stroke win in the Mercedes Championships, where he set a PGA Tour record at 31-under par.

Tougher laws expected at Master's

Protesters at the Masters opposing Augusta National Golf Club's male-only membership might have to comply with stricter public demonstration laws.

Augusta commissioners will be asked Tuesday to approve an updated city ordinance that refines the public demonstration law on the books, said City Attorney Jim Wall.

Protesters from the National Council of Women's Organizations and the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/Push Coalition have said they will show up in force at the Masters, hosted by Augusta National from April 7-13.

The amended law requires groups of five or more people to apply for a permit from the sheriff's department 30 days in advance of the event. No timeline is given under existing law.

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