Ogilvy ends Tiger's streak
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
DORAL, Fla. -- So much for that perfect-season talk. Not only has Tiger Woods been beaten, Geoff Ogilvy did it on a course where the world's No. 1 player looked unstoppable in recent years.
Ogilvy won the CA Championship on Monday, saving a round that seemed in peril with a chip-in for par at the 13th hole and going on to claim his second victory in a World Golf Championship event.
A final-round of 1-under 71 was good enough for him to finish at 17 under, one shot better than Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh, all closing with 68s in the rain-delayed tournament. Woods was alone in fifth at 15 under, losing for the first time in his last eight starts worldwide.
"It was going to end at some point," Ogilvy said. "I'm very glad that I did it. It's a nice place to do it, too, because he's obviously owned this place for the last few years. He just had one of those weeks."
With the win, Ogilvy joined select company -- only Woods and Darren Clarke have more than one WGC title. But this week won't be remembered for that accomplishment: It'll be known as the week someone finally took down Tiger.
"As players, it's nice to see somebody else lift a trophy for a change," Goosen said.
It was Woods' first defeat since Sept. 3, and his perfect start to 2008 -- 3-for-3 on the PGA Tour, 4-for-4 overall -- begged the ridiculous-sounding question: Could he go unbeaten for an entire year?
No one ever has, and it's not a huge surprise that Woods won't this year, either.
"The chit-chat about, 'Is he going to win every golf tournament this year,' that's frustrating stuff to hear," Ogilvy said.
Woods struggled to a third-round 72 while every other contender piled up birdies.
"I think it's a great sign, what happened this week, to make that many mistakes and only be two back," Woods said.
Woods' next tournament is the Masters, which begins April 10.