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September 17 2011

9:08 PM

Hot putter puts Ogilvy in contention

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

LEMONT, Ill. -- Geoff Ogilvy can't remember ever having fewer putts during the first three rounds of any tournament.

The 75 he's used, equally parsed out over the first three days of the BMW Championship, have put the Aussie in a tie for first in that key statistical category. Ogilvy also owns first in Strokes Gained-Putting at 8.636 and the distance of putts made.

Ogilvy "I haven't really holed any bombs, I've just been missing a lot of greens just off the edge and been chipping pretty well and my bunker play has been pretty good," Ogilvy said. "So holing everything inside ten feet really, which whenever you look at when guys are doing well in a tournament, that's what they're doing."

Ogilvy has played so well this week at Cog Hill, which is not normally one of his favorite courses, that he'll start the final round tied for third with Bill Haas, five strokes off the lead held by Justin Rose. He's also projected inside the top 30 at No. 26, a jump of 43 spots, and could be headed to Atlanta for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with another good round on Sunday.

Ogilvy's Presidents Cup hopes appear in good shape, as well. He started the week as the International Team's bubble boy at No. 10 with the automatic qualifiers determined on Sunday after the BMW Championship is over.

Now John Senden, who is alone in second, four strokes behind Rose, could conceivably move into the top 10 with a win. But that doesn't mean he'd necessarily bump Ogilvy out given the International Team's dependence on the Official World Golf Ranking.

"I'm trying not to think about anything other than just play good golf, but it creeps into your mind every now and then," Ogilvy said. "The Presidents Cup is a pretty big deal. I would love to play Atlanta. It's much more fun to play Atlanta than not play there, so I need to have a third on its own or maybe a two way tie for third to get into Atlanta. After three rounds I'm in reasonable shape.

“If I have a good round tomorrow, I'll get both goals achieved."

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