Date: February 28, 2007
Author: Sportal

Badds on track

Swede Henrik Stenson has risen to fifth in the official golf rankings following his win over defending champion Geoff Ogilvy in the final of the Accenture World Match Play Championship. Ogilvy (seventh) maintains his standing as the second-highest ranked Australian behind world No.4 Adam Scott, while the top-three places are filled by Americans Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson. Five other Australians – Nick O&aposHern (16th), Stuart Appleby (23rd), Robert Allenby (26th), Aaron Baddeley (35th) and Rod Pampling (40th) – are in the world&aposs top-50, which is a qualification criteria for the year&aposs first major, the US Masters. Scott, Ogilvy, O&aposHern, Appleby and Pampling are already assured starts in the Masters at Augusta National, while Baddeley must maintain his place in the top-50 until the week before the tournament begins to gain a start. Compatriots Richard Green (62nd) and John Senden (66th) will need to severely boost their ranking points to make the top-50 before the cut-off date for Masters qualification.