Ogilvy Passes Woods at Target

By Sports NetworkDecember 16, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Target World Challenge pres. by CountrywideTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy birdied the 18th hole Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Target World Challenge.
Ogilvy completed 54 holes at 11-under-par 205. He is one stroke clear of Chris DiMarco and tournament-host Tiger Woods. DiMarco birdied the final three holes to shoot 68, while Woods faltered down the stretch to shoot 70.
Tiger Woods
Despite a few errant swings, Tiger Woods is just one back entering the final round.
Paul Casey posted his second straight 70 to move into fourth place at 7-under-par 209.
Henrik Stenson, who was 3 over par over his last nine holes, struggled to a 1-over 73. He was joined at minus-6 by David Toms (68).
Ogilvy began the round two strokes behind Woods. Ogilvy birdied the first and came back with an 8-foot birdie putt on two to move within one at minus-8.
Woods responded with birdies on one and two to regain a two-shot cushion. Ogilvy sank a 5-foot birdie putt on six and a 10-footer for birdie on seven to join Woods in the lead.
The world's No. 1 player came up short of the seventh green and could not save par. The bogey dropped Woods to minus-9, one behind Ogilvy. Woods came right back with a 10-foot birdie putt on the eighth at Sherwood Country Club.
Ogilvy moved out in front by one with a 5-foot birdie putt at the 10th. However, his third at the par-5 11th spun off the green. He three-putted for bogey from the front fringe to slip back to minus-10.
The Australian two-putted for birdie on 13, his third birdie in three days on the par-5. Woods matched that birdie to regain a share of the top spot on the leaderboard at 11 under.
Ogilvy missed the 15th green right and could not get up and down for par giving Woods the lead.
Woods though would have problems of his own on the 16th. He missed the fairway well left, then after taking a free drop from a cart path, blasted his second over the right side of the green and into a hazard.
The 30-year-old played out of the hazard and into a bunker. From there, Woods blasted out and two-putted for bogey on the par-5.
Woods two-putted for par on 16, before losing his tee shot into the right trees at 18. Woods hit a stellar shot from the trees, but his ball landed in the rough over the green. He saved par from there to finish one back.
Ogilvy parred 16 and 17. At the last, he hit a perfect approach shot to within a foot of the hole. He tapped in for birdie and the third-round lead.
'The first day was a complete mess with a double-bogey and (Friday) I hit a pretty poor shot and two-putted for par. So I got one back today,' Ogilvy said of the 18th hole. 'I don't care who I play with Sunday. With Tiger, it will be a bit more crazy and fun, but with Chris it'll be a bit more relaxed.'
DiMarco was 1 under through 12 holes with two bogeys and three birdies to that point in his round. He parred three straight from the 13th, before flying up the leaderboard.
The 38-year-old sank a 5-footer for birdie on 16, then drained a long birdie putt at 17 to move to minus-9. DiMarco closed with a 6-foot birdie putt at 18 to end within one of Ogilvy.
'Out here, when it's raining, you're just trying to miss it in the right spots and I was able to do that,' DiMarco said of the rain that came down early in the round. 'I knew where I could chip from and give myself good putts. I really putted well from eight feet and in today and that's the key around here.'
Stenson had grabbed a piece of the lead with a birdie on No. 11. However, he was 4 over through the final six holes, due in large part to two double-bogeys, to fall four back.
Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open winner, posted a 4-under 68 to move into seventh place at 5-under-par 211. Padraig Harrington, the 2002 champ here, is one stroke further back at minus-4 after a third-round 70.
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    Tommy Fleetwood (+7%): Putting on a stripe show in windy conditions, the Englishman defended his title in Abu Dhabi (thanks to a back-nine 30) and capped a 52-week period in which he won three times, contended in majors and WGCs, and soared inside the top 15 in the world.

    Sergio (+3%): Some wholesale equipment changes require months of adjustments. In Garcia’s case, it didn’t even take one start, as the new Callaway staffer dusted the field by five shots in Singapore.

    Rory (+2%): Sure, it was a deflating Sunday finish, as he shot his worst round of the week and got whipped by Fleetwood, but big picture he looked refreshed and built some momentum for the rest of his pre-Masters slate. That’s progress.

    Ken Duke (+1%): Looking ahead to the senior circuit, Duke, 48, still needs a place to play for the next few years. Hopefully a few sponsors saw what happened in Palm Springs, because his decision to sub in for an injured Corey Pavin for the second and third rounds – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard – was as selfless as it gets.


    Austin Cook (-1%): The 54-hole leader in the desert, he closed with 75 – the worst score of anyone inside the top 40. Oy.

    Phil (-2%): All of that pre-tournament optimism was tempered by the reality of his first missed cut to start the new year since 2009. Now ranked 45th in the world, his position inside the top 50 – a spot he’s occupied every week since November 1993 – is now in jeopardy.

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    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

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    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

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    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

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    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

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    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

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    More bulletin board material, too.

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