Ogilvy gets second Accenture title|
Marana, AZ (Sports Network) - Geoff Ogilvy defeated Paul Casey, 4&3, on Sunday to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship for the second time in his career.
Ogilvy won the title in 2006 and finished second to Henrik Stenson the following year. The Australian ran his all-time record to 17-2 in four appearances.
"I don't really know. I really, really enjoy the format," said Ogilvy, who pocketed $1.4 million for the victory. "Generally when you enjoy something that you're doing, you do it well. That's all I can put my finger on."
Ogilvy joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win this championship more than once. He is also the second golfer behind Woods to win at least three WGC events.
Ogilvy collected his sixth PGA Tour title and his second this year. He captured the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship and moved atop the FedEx Cup list.
As for Casey, his chance to finally break through and get a win in the United States fell. This was his best finish in the states and the Englishman feels close.
"It's right there. I have no excuses right now," said Casey. "This feels good. I feel great about everything. I have to put my fingers out and keep working as hard as I have been."
Casey's putter let him down over the first 18, but a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th in the morning won him the hole and cut his deficit to 3-down with the afternoon to play.
Any momentum Casey might have gained from that closing birdie was quickly forgotten by midday. Ogilvy won the first hole to get back to 4-up, but Casey actually got a hole back with a win at No. 2.
The Englishman had a good look at birdie from seven feet at three, but he failed to convert. Casey holed an eye-opening, 50-footer for birdie at four, but the always steady Ogilvy rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to halve the hole.
Ogilvy continued his amazing form. At the seventh, the 2006 U.S. Open winner drained a seven-footer for birdie to win the hole. Ogilvy's second to the par- five eighth stopped four feet from the stick. After Casey nearly snuck in a long eagle try, Ogilvy converted his eagle putt to move 5-up.
Ogilvy was in firm command and added to it with a win at the ninth. He was 6- up with nine to go, but Casey won 11 and 13 to make things a bit more interesting.
Casey simply ran out of holes.
The two halved the 14th with pars and Casey needed to win out to force extra holes. At the short, par-four 15th, both players drove to similar spots and Ogilvy chipped his second close.
Ogilvy converted the birdie putt to close out the win.
"The whole weekend I played fantastic," said Ogilvy. "I have to congratulate Paul for getting into the final. I've been on the wrong end of this final. It's not a very nice feeling, but it's a very satisfying week to play well."
Stewart Cink dramatically won the consolation match with three closing birdies,
including a hole-out from a bunker at 18. Ross Fisher took fourth place.