DiMarco One of the Presidents Men


GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- Chris DiMarco, vying for a President's Cup roster spot, was a big winner at the Buick. DiMarco entered the weekend in eighth place -- the top 10 make the team automatically -- and solidified his spot when he finished in the four-way tie for second.
'This should hopefully do it for me,' he said. 'I thought about it a lot out there, and I might have even put a little more pressure on myself because of it.'
Jack Nicklaus will captain the U.S. team, which plays the World team in South Africa in November. The rosters become final after the PGA Championship in two weeks.
'Playing for your country is probably the most intriguing part of the whole thing,' DiMarco said. 'I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to play for their country. I'm looking forward to it.'
Of the players chasing DiMarco, only Jeff Sluman finished in the top 20, and he entered the weekend in 14th place in the point standings.
This was foreign territory in more than one way for Geoff Ogilvy.
After missing six straight cuts and without a victory on the PGA Tour, the Australian journeyman found himself contending with Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk for the Buick Open championship.
'It is a lot of fun to be playing with Tiger on a Sunday in front of the big crowd, and actually leading him for most of the day,' Ogilvy said. 'I just wish it could have ended better.'
Ogilvy went to the par-3 17th needing a birdie to tie Furyk for the lead. Uncertain of what club to play, he left his tee shot short of the green, chipped 14 feet past the hole and missed the par putt.
He then narrowly missed a 47-foot birdie putt on No. 18 and finished tied for second with Woods and two others, two shots behind Furyk.
'I was between clubs on 17 -- I knew that a 6-iron would go 25 or 30 feet past the hole, so I decided to hit a hard 7,' he said. 'I just didn't hit it well, and it rolled back on me. Then I hit a bad chip and missed the putt coming back. That was disappointing.'
Ogilvy was playing with Woods for the third time, and the first in the United States.
'I played with him in Thailand once, and they love him there, and once in Europe,' he said. 'I played with Greg Norman in Australia once, and it is the same sort of deal. They want to see Tiger, but any time you hit a good shot, they scream and cheer. That's a good feeling.'
The fourth round was moved up by four hours and played in threesomes off both tees in an attempt to beat storms that were expected to hit the area on Sunday afternoon.
The strategy worked -- the only rain during play was a light sprinkle as the leaders played their final holes.
Divots: First-round leader Mike Sposa finished a roller-coaster week with a 7-under 65, matching Oglivy and John Huston for the best round of the day. Sposa finished tied for 38th, 11 shots behind Furyk, because of a 76 in the second round and a 72 in the third, sandwiched between a pair of 65s. ... Furyk
($1,228,219) and Woods ($1,037,940) became the first two players to reach $1 million in career earnings at the Buick Open. Furyk has finished in the top 20 in his past six appearances at the tournament, including four top-10s since 1999. His best finish before this year was a tie for second with DiMarco in 2001, two
shots behind champion Kenny Perry.
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