By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LEMONT, Ill. -- Geoff Ogilvy was pretty darn pleased to be 5 under at the midway point of the BMW Championship. And as for the play of Mark Wilson and Justin Rose, who are leading at 11 under? Well, let's just say the Aussie is impressed.
"It's underappreciated how well they're playing," said Ogilvy, who shot 68 on Friday. "… It's not an easy course. I'm pretty happy with the score I've shot so far. Five under, I think if I did that two more times I don't think I'd be too far away at the end. Happy with the progress so far, but got to keep playing well."
Ogilvy needs to be very close come Sunday, too, for two very important reasons. The Aussie, who had to birdie the 72nd hole at TPC Boston just to make the field for the BMW Championship, now likely needs to finish third or better to advance. He knows it’s a tall task
"It's cliché, but we're all just trying to play as well as we can every week," Ogilvy said. "I guess there's situations you might not take as much on sometimes, but really, when you have to finish third is almost like winning, you know what I mean? You've got to play well enough to finish third. I'm just trying to play as well as I can and make as many putts as I can, and hopefully it's good enough."
Ogilvy also holds the final qualifying spot for the International Team for the Presidents Cup. So he needs to finish strong to maintain that spot on Sunday when the 10 automatic qualifiers become final.
Adding to the sense of urgency? His countryman Robert Allenby, who ranks 14th, is one stroke ahead of Ogilvy at the midway point of the BMW Championship.
"(The Presidents Cup is) probably more important to me than the TOUR Championship, no offense to the TOUR Championship," Ogilvy admitted. "... Hopefully I can have a decent week and hold my spot or even move up a little bit to really solidify my place on the team, and that's something we all look forward to every couple of years, and especially the fact that it's in Australia, I think it's an extra special one for the Australians.
"It's definitely something I'm not planning on missing."
LEMONT, Ill. -- Geoff Ogilvy needs to have a great week in order to stay alive in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. At 69th in points, he barely made the BMW Championship field and he'll need to finish 3rd or better to give himself a shot at moving onto the top 30 who advance to next week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Although Cog Hill is not one of Ogilvy's favorite courses, he does think he has the game plan to make a run this week.
"To play it well, you've got to keep it out of the fairway bunkers," Ogilvy said. "The fairway bunkers are pretty much in play on almost every hole."
Ogily also will pay particular attention to his approach shots in order to make sure he gives himself the best opportunity at the pin. He said there are some greens in which it's preferable to chip out of the rough rather than putt over some big holes.
"The greens, you can get some pretty crazy putts if you miss the pin by a long way on the greens," he said. "So I guess a lot of these greens, you're better off to miss the green on the pin side of the hole rather than be a long way away on the greens."
Ogilvy and Chris Stroud (70th in points) tee off in an hour off the 10th tee.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LEMONT, Ill. -- Geoff Ogilvy needed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship in order to survive and play another week in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Now he needs another good week at the BMW Championship -- but the reasons are two-fold. Not only does Ogilvy want to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where the FedExCup will be decided, he wants dearly to qualify for the International Team for the Presidents Cup.
Ogilvy, who is bidding to play in the biennial competition for the third straight year, came to Cog Hill ranked 10th in the Presidents Cup standings and must maintain that spot on Sunday evening in order to automatically qualify to play for Greg Norman. Norman will complete his team with two picks on Sept. 27 after the TOUR Championship is over.
"From my perspective it's frustrating because I was really happy with where my game was at say in January," Ogilvy said. "Messed my finger up, hurt my shoulder later on in the year, had kind of a strange digestive sickness there for a while. So it didn't really go very well for me this year. ... So I have to have a reasonable week, I think, to hold my position."
If the team were finalized right now, Ogilvy would be one of three Australians on the team. Vijay Singh, who has played on eight Presidents Cup teams, is on the outside looking in at No. 13, as is last year's British Open champ, Louis Oosthuizen (No. 11) and Australians Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby (Nos. 14 and 15, respectively.)
So Norman clearly faces a difficult choice.
"It's been frustrating for me because it's the last year I would like to play poorly is the year that the Presidents Cup is being played in Australia," Ogilvy said. "And from Greg's perspective it's obviously making it difficult for him. ... You get the feeling he's been watching pretty closely all year because he does seem to be very in touch with what we're doing over here. I'm sure he'll end up making the right choices."
Ogilvy's desire is heightened by the fact that the Presidents Cup is being played this November at Royal Melbourne, which is located about 400 or 500 yards from where he grew up. He remembers jumping the fence and sneaking in to watch Tom Watson win the Australian Open there in 1984. He also attended the Australian Bicentennial Open, which was played on the famed Sandbelt course four years later.
"It was probably the biggest golf tournament in the world in
1988," recalled Ogilvy, who now owns a home adjacent to Royal
Melbourne. " It was $500,000 first place in 1988, which was unheard
of at that point, yeah. Nicklaus played, Freddie played, everyone,
like Crenshaw was there. It was huge.
"So Royal Melbourne is pretty special just because of that, my history there. And the fact that it's The Presidents Cup in Australia, yeah, it's definitely not one that I would like to miss. It would be a pretty amazing week. I'll probably be around there regardless whether or not I was in the tournament I'd be there anyway. ... So I would like to play, yeah."
NORTON, Mass. -- Geoff Ogilvy just rolled in a birdie putt of 69 feet, 6 inches on the third hole at TPC Boston.
It's the longest putt of the week by 7 feet, 4 inches and the second from more than 60 feet.
The birdie putt got him back to 8 under for the tournament, which is three strokes off the lead. Ogilvy had bogeyed the first hole when he failed to get up-and-down from the left greenside bunker.
Ogilvy entered the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 91st in the FedExCup with only the top 70 advancing. He's currently projected at 64th.
|1||Geoff Ogilvy||69 feet, 6 inches||No. 3 (Fourth)||Birdie|
|2||Jonathan Byrd||62 feet, 4 inches||No. 9 (First)||Birdie|
|3||Ben Crane||59 feet, 8 inches||No. 14 (First)||Birdie|
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Geoff Ogilvy matched his low round of the season with a 66 on Sunday at TPC Boston.
The last time Ogilvy shot that low was back in February in his second round of 2011. Some 56 rounds later, Ogilvy used the most recent 66 to make a strong bid to extend his season -- and possibly play his way onto the Presidents Cup team, as well.
Ogilvy started quickly Sunday, reeling off three straight birdies beginning at the second hole. A bogey at the fifth halted his momentum but the Aussie managed six more birdies on the back nine against just two bogeys to move to 8 under for the tournament.
"It was pretty good," Ogilvy said. "It could have been better probably. When you're 3 under after 4 you kind of feel like you have a chance at a really low one. I needed to have something under par today to give myself a chance to have a decent finish here. That's probably what I had to do. Not enough to really -- I might be happy. It depends what (the leaders) do. I'm going to need a low one tomorrow."
One more good round and Ogilvy will likely have played his way to the BMW Championship for fifth time since the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup began in 2007. He had put himself behind the eight-ball a bit when he fell 12 spots with a missed cut last week at The Barclays.
When he finished on Sunday, though, Ogilvy was projected at No. 58 -- with the top 70 players advancing to the third Playoffs event at Cog Hill in two weeks. His goal for Labor Day is to play as well as he can and let the rest take care of itself.
"There's too many different scenarios," Ogilvy said. "I don't know really. I'd like to have a good enough one to guarantee Atlanta, guarantee Presidents Cup, win the tournament. I just want to keep playing. If I have a half decent round tomorrow, I'm sure I'll get to Chicago. Then I've got to find some way to have four decent rounds around there. Just trying to play well."
Ogilvy, who ranks 12th in the International Team standings for the Presidents Cup, says he doesn't change his strategy when he's in a do-or-die situation like the Playoffs. He's well aware of the points system but he doesn’t obsess about it.
"I look at it with interest, more as a ... ah, if I finish there, I'm going to finish there in the FedExCup, rather than, oh, I've got to have another birdie so I get a few (more points)," he said. "... More interested to see what the fluctuation is going to be rather than concerned about what it's going to be."
|1||Dustin Johnson||19||Picked a great time to get his first win since last year's Playoffs|
|2||Matt Kuchar||12||Another strong Barclays makes Kuchar a FedExCup threat again|
|3||Nick Watney||1||Didn't hurt himself with a Sunday 64 and a T10 finish.|
|4||Webb Simpson||3||Carried momentum from Wyndham win to T10 at Plainfield|
|5||Luke Donald||4||Started slowly but good weekend moved him ahead of Stricker|
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Geoff Ogilvy’s left shoulder is getting closer to 100 percent after an injury to it caused him to miss about a month of action from mid-May to mid-June.
“Memphis I was semi worried about it,” Ogilvy said Wednesday at the Travelers Championship. “It’s getting better every week. Today I didn’t even think about it. My first three shots in the morning, maybe it’s just age, like a few different parts of my body hurt. But after about 10 it seems to go away and it’s business as usual.”
Ogilvy is back at the Travelers Championship for the first time in 10 years -- mostly because he missed a couple of starts due to the injury.
“The problem with injury, you don’t miss just tournaments, you miss golf altogether because I couldn’t really do anything,” Ogilvy said.
When Ogilvy did return, he tied for 66th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic then missed the cut at the U.S. Open.
“I didn’t really play that bad last week,” Ogilvy said. “It just didn’t turn out very well, so your expectations are getting back to where would have been before.”
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Rory McIlroy’s performance at the U.S. Open has drawn comparisons to Tiger Woods and his 2000 victory at Pebble Beach. Geoff Ogilvy, however, compares McIlroy to Greg Norman -- not for his Masters meltdown, but for his ball-striking and ability off the tee.
“He hit 62 of 72 greens at the U.S. Open,” Ogilvy said Thursday from the Travelers Championship, where players were still buzzing over McIlroy’s victory at Congressional. “There’s no way I could ever do that. Not too many people can do that, especially after the Masters when everyone probably would have given him the year off.
“Two months later he was playing like it never happened. Amazing. It’s Greg Norman ‘86 type stuff; he’s just clearly better than anyone else. There’s so few really class ball-strikers out here -- I know that sounds silly but real class ball strikers like Nick Price and Greg Norman. It’s Greg Norman in the mid-80s is who he is. He just completely outplays everyone with no fear. Some people are being aggressive and they’re just cavalier. He’s not cavalier.”
Ogilvy should know. He had a view of McIlroy from two groups behind him the first two days of the U.S. Open. Ogilvy also played against and beat him in 2009 on his way to winning the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and later that year was paired with McIlroy in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, where McIlroy nearly came from nowhere to win the tournament with a Sunday 63.
“I played well and I birdied 15, 16 and 17 and didn’t win any of them,” Ogilvy said of the WGC-Accenture Match Play. “To be 2 up with four to play and go birdie, birdie, birdie and not win a hole was pretty unbelievable.
“I remember I closed out the match and my caddie and I jumped in the van that takes you back to the clubhouse and we both just looked at each other and said this guy’s unbelievable.”
Ian Poulter took it a step further.
“He’s as good a ball-striker as I’ve ever seen,” Poulter said.
“He swings it naturally. There’s not much technically he needs to worry about.”
Poulter added that he also wasn’t surprised that McIlroy bounced back from his heartbreak at the Masters and that he did so in resounding fashion.
“Look at his first rounds in majors,” Poulter said. “It was a case of when, not if.”
Now it will be a case of not when but how many.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Geoff Ogilvy was forced to withdraw from THE PLAYERS Championship after nine holes in Friday’s second round with a left shoulder injury.
Ogilvy had to pull out prior to last week’s Wells Fargo Championship with the same injury, and had been receiving soft tissue treatment since then in preparation for this week.
“The dodgy shoulder was perhaps not ready for play,” Ogilvy tweeted after withdrawing Friday. “It was just slowly hurting more and more out there. More rest for it, I guess.”
Ogilvy shot a 3-over 75 in Thursday’s first round at TPC Sawgrass, with a scorecard that included four birdies, five bogeys and a triple bogey at the par-5 16th.
On Friday, he started his second round off the 10th tee. He bogeyed the 12th hole, bounced back with a birdie at the 13th, and posted consecutive bogeys at 15 and 16 in making the turn at 38.
The shoulder injury is not the only health problem Ogilvy has suffered this year.
Prior to the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Ogilvy suffered a cut to his right index finger when he slipped and fell on some coral reef at a nearby beach. Having to pull out from that event was especially disappointing since Ogilvy entered as the two-time defending champ.
The Australian didn’t make his next start until a month later at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he finished 13th.
Last month at the Masters, Ogilvy produced his best result of the year, a tie for fourth after shooting a final-round 67. But he said that was when his shoulder began bothering him, and it still affected him when he played the next week at the Valero Texas Open, where he finished tied for 23rd.
Ogilvy has won seven PGA TOUR events, including the 2006 U.S. Open but has not enjoyed much success at THE PLAYERS.
In nine previous starts at TPC Sawgrass, his best finish was a tie for 16th in 2003, and he’s missed the cut four times. In 27 career rounds at THE PLAYERS, he’s carded just two rounds in the 60s at the par-72 Stadium Course.