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The Tour Report

June 30 2011

12:35 PM

Ogilvie starts strong despite injury

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Joe Ogilvie shot a 3-under 67 Thursday at Aronimink.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Despite a left wrist injury that will require an MRI, Joe Ogilvie finds himself in a familiar position at the AT& National.

A year after shooting a 66 in the first round at Aronimink, Ogilvie opened with a 67 Thursday to share the top spot. Coincidentally, he also led after the first round in 2007 when the event was played at Congressional.

”It sets up for my eye,” Ogilvie said of Aronimink. “And I'm smart enough to figure out this is a golf course where you can miss it in certain places in the fairway and kind of have angles, so if you do hit it in the rough, you can kind of scrape it on the green. And other than 10, I executed my game plan well in the sense of where I missed the shots because I know I'm going to miss a lot of shots. I just want to miss them in the right place.”

To Ogilvie’s point, despite hitting just 57 percent of his fairways, he still hit 72 percent of his greens in regulation. That helped open the door for four birdies and just one bogey.

“[The greens] are just tricky, a lot of hills and dales, and the pin placements today I thought were tough,” Ogilvie said. “The greens are very tricky, but they're true.”