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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 268.

"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 the year."

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 six-under 67.

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 second place.

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.

01/11 22:05:23 ET

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