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September 4 2011

8:23 PM

Ogilvy puts self in position

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 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."

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