Joe Ogilvie is the very-early leader here at Aronimink, where he just shot 4-under 66 and said afterward that he was “glad the USGA isn’t setting this place up.”
“They can set this place up so you can’t break par,” Ogilvie said. “I thought that if you could shoot 2 under here every day, you’ve done a hell of a job.”
Ogilvie was also glad to be literally the first guy off the tee this morning. With cool, sunny and breezy conditions here, officials were concerned the greens, which played firm during the pro-am, would bake out so they watered down the greens. That led to soft conditions and with the wind down, good scoring conditions.
“Whenever you tee off early, number one, I play quick, so I don't wait; number two, you have fantastic greens,” Ogilvie said. “You have great conditions. The only thing that's probably a little bit more difficult playing that early is that it's cold, ball is not going to go as far, and the rough, it's a pretty heavy rough because the dew is pretty thick that early in the morning. Other than that, I'd take it every week, playing that early.”
Ogilvie would also take playing this well on a weekly basis. Ogilvie has missed the cut in eight of 19 events and has just one top-10 this season. The difference today? Putting.
“Last week at Hartford I had two de‑greeners, and that's never a good thing,” Ogilvie said. “I usually have one maybe every three years, and to have two in the same tournament ‑‑ for those of you at home, de‑greeners is where you hit the green and putt it off of it.
“So this was a lot better. I'm feeling more and more comfortable over my putter.” -- Brian Wacker