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."