Ogilvy wins first PGA Tour title at Tucson
Monday, February 28, 2005
Geoff Ogilvy sank an 18-foot, downhill putt for birdie on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Kevin Na and win the Chrysler Classic of Tucson (Ariz.) for his first PGA Tour title.
Ogilvy, who had four top-10 finishes last season, won for the first time in 108 PGA Tour events.
"It feels like I've been waiting quite a while, so it is special," said Ogilvy, whose $540,000 winner's share was about 12 times more than his earnings this season ($47,316) after making the cut in two tournaments.
He shouted for joy after making the difficult putt, and embraced his wife Juli on the green after Na missed an 8-footer that would have extended the playoff.
"I have never really got too revved up on a golf course," Ogilvy said. "Well, I have, but I try to stay on kind of the same plane all day, you know? That's kind of my goal."
Ogilvy started his PGA Tour career at Tucson, finishing third in 2001. He had second-place finishes over his next three seasons before finally breaking through Sunday.
At a tournament known for producing first-time winners -- five of the last six and 14 in all -- the 21-year-old Ogilvy and Na fared better than 44-year-old Mark Calcavecchia.
Calcavecchia, who has won 11 titles, was 15 under after 36 holes and closed with a 3-under 69 to tie Na and Ogilvy (71) at 19-under 269 and get into the playoff. But Calcavecchia made a double bogey on the first extra hole after needing two shots to blast out of a bunker.
Morris Hatalsky finished off a second-round 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Hale Irwin in the rain-shortened Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Lutz, Fla.
The scheduled 54-hole event was reduced to 36 on Saturday, but more than an inch of rain left puddles on the greens and tees and pushed back completion of the Champions Tour event until today. Play Sunday was halted after a little more than an hour.
Irwin was 6 under with 12 holes to play.
Ladies European Tour
Australia's Karrie Webb overcame a four-stroke deficit in three holes to win the ANZ Ladies Masters in Gold Coast, Australia, for the fifth time.
Webb finished with a 5-under 67 to edge 19-year-old Japanese player Ai Miyazato by a stroke on the Royal Pines course. Webb finished at 16-under 272. Miyazato closed with an even-par 72.
Karrie Webb swept the 1998-01 tournaments. The Australian star also has four second-place finishes.
Dalhousie Golf Club touring professional Karen Stupples finished tied for 18th at 6-under 282. Stupples had rounds of 71, 73, 68 and 70.
Australia's Peter O'Malley made a 25-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the New Zealand PGA in Christchurch, New Zealand, ruining a comeback attempt by countryman Steven Bowditch.
O'Malley's only other victory on the Nationwide Tour came in the event in 2002, when it was the Clearwater Classic. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the Australasian PGA and the Nationwide Tour.
The 21-year-old Bowditch, coming off a win last week in the Jacob's Creek Open, matched the course record with a 9-under 63 to tie O'Malley (69) at 14-under 274.