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Baddeley Shares Aussie Golf Lead

November 24, 2000

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Defending champion Aaron Baddeley shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday to pull into a share of the second-round lead with New Zealander Greg Turner in the Australian Open golf tournament.

Australian Scott Laycock also had a 69 and was in third place at 4-under. Australians Peter O’Malley (73), Greg Norman (69), Robert Allenby (72) and Englishman Nick Faldo (70) were in fifth another shot back.

Turner, who had share of the first-round lead, shot a 70.

Baddeley had a near-flawless round over the Kingston Heath course as he tries to win the tournament in consecutive years _ this time as a professional. Last year, he became the first amateur in 39 years to win the tournament, and the youngest at 18.

``I am definitely looking at the trophy, and if you are in a position to win, you like to do it,″ Baddeley said. ``I guess this year, being defending champion, there is definitely more pressure, and in a way, that helps you focus.

``You know everyone is watching and you just have to go out there, play your own game, and hit good golf shots.″

Former U.S. amateur champion Matt Kuchar, making his pro debut, was six shots back of the leaders after slumping to a 75.

American Mark O’Meara was at 150 after a 74, and missed the cut.

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