Ogilvy cruises to big win at Mercedes|
Kapalua, HI (Sports Network) - After doing most of his damage on the front
nine early in the week, Geoff Ogilvy scorched the back nine Sunday en route to
a six-stroke win at the season-opening Mercedes Benz Championship.
Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, closed with a five-under 68, including a
five-under par back nine, to finish the wire-to-wire victory at 24-under-par
"To win a golf tournament the first week, what do I say? I've traditionally
been a horrible starter on the West Coast," said Ogilvy, who collected $1.12
million for the win.
"I've done alright after the sixth or seventh week in, but last year I missed
my first three cuts and before that I've done no good. So to win the first
week is really, really nice and it gives me a great feeling for the rest of
Anthony Kim nearly made double-eagle at the last as his approach stopped
within inches of the hole, but instead he tapped in for eagle and a round of
67. He was joined in second at minus-18 by Davis Love III, who also posted a
Sean O'Hair took fourth at 17-under-par 275 after a final-round, eight-under
65 on the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.
There was a two-hour weather delay prior to the round, but once play started
there were no problems.
Ogilvy stumbled out of the gate with back-to-back bogeys that dropped him to
17-under, where he was still four clear of the field. They were just his
second and third bogeys of the week.
The Australian recovered those lost strokes with an eight-foot birdie putt at
five and a three-footer for birdie on six.
However, a bogey on the seventh and another on the eighth put him back at
minus-17, where he was just one clear of the hard-charging Kim.
"I was pretty frustrated at that point," Ogilvy said of his bogeys. "I've
never had a six-shot lead or anything like that before. It's a really
uncomfortable feeling to be honest.
"I hit the wrong club on seven and made bogey, hit a horrible shot on eight
and made bogey. I wasn't happy."
Ogilvy ran away from the field from there. He poured in a 21-foot eagle putt
on No. 9.
"After I hit my second shot on nine, I was pretty happy with that. I was on
the green and had an eagle putt," stated Ogilvy, who earned his fifth PGA Tour
title. "I walked up and saw I only had a one-shot lead instead of six. I
figured the lead was mostly gone. It felt like a normal tournament again."
Ogilvy followed with a birdie from 21 feet out on 10. After parring 11, he
rolled in four straight birdies. Ogilvy converted a five-footer on 12 and sank
a 10-foot birdie try at 13.
He left himself four feet for birdie on 14, then capped his run with two-putt
birdie on the par-five 15th. That burst expanded his lead from one to seven.
Ogilvy closed with three pars to cap the six-shot win.
Kim sank consecutive birdie efforts from the third and again from the eighth
to jump to 16-under, where he trailed Ogilvy by one. After Ogilvy started his
run, Kim birdied the 12th from four feet out to move to 17-under, where he
trailed by three.
The 23-year-old Kim parred four in a row from the 13th before stumbling to a
three-putt bogey on the 17th. His second to the par-five 18th stopped seven
inches from the hole. He kicked that in for eagle to finish six back.
Love birdied the second and chipped in for eagle at the par-four sixth to get
within three at minus-15. He carded six straight pars from there.
Down the stretch, Love birdied three of the last six holes to join Kim in
Justin Leonard ended alone in fifth place at 16-under-par 276 after closing
with a three-under 70. Kenny Perry (70), Ernie Els (67), Zach Johnson (67) and
D.J. Trahan (71) shared sixth place at minus-15.
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