Ogilvie holds on to lead at Hope

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Although different parts of Joe Ogilvie's game have come and gone this week, he's managed to hold it together enough to stay in front.

His short game was solid and his tee shots shaky much of the first three rounds of the five-day Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in LaQuinta, Calif., but things changed Saturday as he shot a 3-under 69.

At 26-under 262, the front-running Ogilvie maintained a two-shot lead over Peter Lonard of Australia.

"Yesterday I drove it extremely poorly. Today I drove it extremely well," Ogilvie said. "Yesterday I hit a lot of good iron shoots and putted well. Today I hit no decent iron shots and hit a lot of good putts but didn't give myself a lot of opportunities."

The key to his 69, by three shots the highest round of his first four days of the tournament, was the way he mastered the par 5s at La Quinta Country Club.

He rolled in a 12-foot putt for an eagle after reaching the green with his 3-wood on the 512-yard No. 11, and sank shorter birdie putts on two other par 5s.

Lonard also shot a 69 to remain alone in second place. Former British Open champion Justin Leonard was another stroke back after a 64 that left him 23 under.

Turtle Bay Championship

Four-time defending champion Hale Irwin shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Allen Doyle after two rounds of the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii.

Caltex Masters

Nick Dougherty shot a 4-under 68 and held a two-stroke lead over Colin Montgomerie (69) and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (67) after three rounds of the Caltex Masters inSingapore.

--From wire reports

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