Despite being pursued by some of the top golfers in the world, par was good enough for Geoff Ogilvy Monday in the weather-delayed finish of the WGC-CA Championship.
Ogilvy strung together nine consecutive pars on the back nine at Doral Golf Resort & Spa's Blue Monster Course to post a 1-under-par 71 in the final round and finish at 17-under 271. That was good enough for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh, while also halting Tiger Woods' winning streak.
Ogilvy, whose best shot of the day was a chip-in to save the par-3 13th hole, said he never imagined that he'd be able to maintain his two-stroke lead without making a birdie Monday morning.
"I thought 18 or 19 under or 20 under really. I mean, who knows?" Ogilvy told reporters after collecting his first victory since the 2006 U.S. Open. "Vijay was playing great, started off birdieing the first hole — our first hole this morning. I didn't think nine pars would do it."
It was more than enough to fend off Woods, who made three birdies in his seven holes Monday to finish fifth at 15-under 273. It ended Woods' streak of five consecutive PGA Tour victories — seven straight events worldwide — dating back to last September.
"I made too many mistakes this week," Woods told reporters. "I had four three-putts this week, I had two terrible lies in bunkers, and a photographer got me on nine (Sunday). With all that, to only finish two back, I think that's a great sign."
Woods, who shot an even-par 72 in the third round when several other players were going low and made three bogeys on the front nine in his final round, said he had his chances. He said the damp playing conditions and numerous delays over the weekend were no excuse.
"It is what it is, and we all had to play through it," said Woods, who had won the last three years at Doral. "I had ample chances to get myself up there on that board and win the tournament and just didn't do it."
Ogilvy said the star-studded leaderboard - and the $1.35 million first-place check - made his victory all the sweeter.
"This is pretty nice, obviously," Ogilvy said. "These are some of the biggest tournaments in the world, these (World Golf Championships). They're the best fields we play in probably, outside of The Players Championship and maybe a couple of the majors.
"The leaderboard was obviously the leaderboard that you like to see. It's a pretty stellar-looking leaderboard over those last nine holes, so satisfying beating those players and pretty satisfying winning a big one. That was pretty nice."
Ogilvy played 72 holes in the tournament with just one bogey, including a 60-hole bogey-free streak. His bid to become the first player on the PGA Tour to win a tournament without a bogey since Lee Trevino in the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open was thwarted by a bogey on the seventh hole of his final round.
He also won despite the pressure of sleeping on the lead every night.
"I played well all week, and it's nice to wake up every morning with the lead and then go to bed every night with the lead still there," Ogilvy said. "It's nice."
March 25, 2008
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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