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Ogilvy wins Australian PGA

Ogilvy wins Australian PGA

After four international wins including the 2006 U.S. Open, Geoff Ogilvy finally got a title on home soil with a two-stroke victory Sunday in the Australian PGA championship.
Ogilvy closed with a 3-under-par 69 to finish with a 14-under-par total of 274 after four rounds on the Hyatt Regency resort course. Third-round leader Mathew Goggin, who faded with three bogeys in seven holes, finished second after a final round 72.
Australians Peter Senior, Scott Strange and Rod Pampling finished tied for third at 11-under 277, three shots back. Senior and Strange carded 69s Sunday and Pampling, who won last week's Australian Masters, finished with a 72.
The 31-year-old Ogilvy also has wins in two World Golf Championship events _ the 2006 match play and this year's CA Championship. He'd earlier won the Chrysler Classic on the U.S. PGA tour in 2005.
Ogilvy, who turned professional in 1999, said it's difficult to win in Australia.
"There is an element where you'd think it would be easier because it is not a U.S. tour field _ it's a great field but there's no Mickelson, Garcia and Woods and all that," Ogilvy said.
"You'd say world ranking-wise it might be bit easier but it's not. We only get two or three chances a year, versus 20-something chances a year in the U.S.
"And when we come back maybe we try too hard. It's nice that I've done it, and I'd like to get a few more."
Ogilvy only had one bogey on the weekend _ his last was on the sixth hole in Saturday's third round.
"I made a lot of good putts today and got up and down well when I missed a few greens," he said.
His win was helped by a mid-round collapse by Goggin, who was trying for his first title in nearly 10 years. Goggin led by three strokes, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes, allowing Ogilvy to pull into a share of the lead three holes later.
Goggin then pulled his second shot on the par-5 15th into the water and made bogey, surrendering the lead before Ogilvy birdied the 16th to give himself a two-shot cushion.
With a birdie on 17 cutting the lead to one, Goggin made it interesting coming down the tough water-lined 18th. But Ogilvy, with light rain falling and threatening thunderstorms on weather radar, had a tap-in par while Goggin bogeyed.
"He had a pretty tough time on nine and 10, and that sort of opened the door for me," Ogilvy said.
Goggin's last two wins came on the secondary, now Nationwide, tour in the United States in 1999. He also won an Australasian PGA Tour event in '98.
"It was a great opportunity and I just threw it away," said Goggin. "Not just here ... I feel like I've been through the whole gamut now, had a lead, had guys do things to me. I've experienced everything except winning again, and hopefully that's the next thing."
Tim Clark of South Africa finished with a 69 and a 9-under total of 279, five back.
The Australian Open, the final event on the so-called Triple Crown of Australian golf, begins Thursday at Royal Sydney. American John Daly is entered and will be trying to play all four rounds after missing the cut at both the Australian Masters and PGA.


Updated : 2021-10-26 05:19 GMT+08:00