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Ogilvie Captures Title Down Under

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ADELAIDE, Australia -- Joe Ogilvie struggled to a 1-over 72 Sunday but held on to win the season-opening Jacob's Creek Open Championship. Ogilvie finished the tournament at 5-under-par 279, one shot clear of Australia's Shane Tait.
 
Mahal Pearce shot a 5-under 66 to finish three strokes off the lead in a group at 2-under-par 282. Pearce was joined by David Morland IV and Peter Senior in a tie for third.
 
It wasn't pretty Sunday at Kooyonga Golf Club but Ogilvie managed to survive a back nine collapse for his third career victory on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'It feels great to start the year off with a win,' said Ogilvie. 'I'm glad it's over.'
 
Ogilvie began the day with a two-shot edge over Tait and birdied the first to begin to pull away. At the ninth, Ogilvie landed his second shot inside 10 feet for a birdie to reach 8-under and just like that the 28-year-old had a five-shot lead over the field.
 
The problems started for Ogilvie at the par-4 12th. His tee shot landed underneath a tree and his second shot ended up hitting a branch and travelling a few feet backwards. He ended up with a double-bogey and failed to get up and down at the par-4 13th to drop another shot.
 
'It was really great the first 11 holes and then 12 happened, and then 13 happened,' said Ogilvie.
 
Tait drained an 18-foot putt at the 14th to pull within two of the lead at 3-under. Ogilvie countered at the 15th, however, with a birdie from the fringe to pad his advantage.
 
Ogilvie was not out of the dark yet. He found a fairway bunker off the tee at the 17th en route to a bogey to fall to minus-5. All eyes then turned to the closing hole.
 
Ogilvie played his approach short and knocked his third shot within seven feet at the par-4 18th. Meanwhile, Tait reached the green in two and ran home a lengthy birdie putt to pull within one. Ogilvie remained calm and drained the par putt to secure the victory.
 
Peter O'Malley carded an even-par 71 to finish alongside Andrew McLardy, Tjaart van der Walt, Peter Fowler and Andre Stolz.
 
Roland Thatcher, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, was one shot further back at even-par 284 along with Craig Carmichael and D.J. Brigman.
 
This event was co-sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia.
 
Joe Ogilvie ($115,007) -5 (66-70-71-72=279) F
Shane Tait (65,170) -4 (70-72-67-71=280) F
David Morland IV (33,118) -2 (75-72-67-68=282) F
Mahal Pearce (33,118) -2 (72-68-76-66=282) F
Peter Senior (33,118) -2 (72-71-70-69=282) F
Andrew McLardy (19,040) -1 (69-73-74-67=283) F
Peter O'Malley (19,040) -1 (68-70-74-71=283) F
Andre Stolz (19,040) -1 (70-71-71-71=283) F
Tjaart Van der Walt (19,040) -1 (73-71-71-68=283) F
Peter Fowler (19,040) -1 (69-74-71-69=283) F
Roland Thatcher (12,779) E (65-72-74-73=284) F
D.J. Brigman (12,779) E (73-71-71-69=284) F
Craig Carmichael (12,779) E (74-72-72-66=284) F
Cameron Percy (10,542) +1 (70-71-71-73=285) F
Nathan Green (10,542) +1 (71-72-73-69=285) F
Paul Claxton (8,391) +2 (71-73-73-69=286) F
Kim Felton (8,391) +2 (69-70-75-72=286) F
Hunter Haas (8,391) +2 (72-72-71-71=286) F
Jarrod Moseley (6,503) +3 (65-74-71-77=287) F
Nick O'Hern (6,503) +3 (71-71-73-72=287) F
Adrian Percey (6,503) +3 (72-71-71-73=287) F
D.A. Points (6,503) +3 (70-75-68-74=287) F
Craig Spence (6,503) +3 (72-74-73-68=287) F
Chris Downes (6,503) +3 (73-71-70-73=287) F
Scott Gump (6,503) +3 (73-71-75-68=287) F
Eric Meeks (5,431) +4 (76-71-71-70=288) F
Terry Price (4,749) +5 (71-71-76-71=289) F
Ron Ewing (4,749) +5 (74-73-70-72=289) F
Kevin Johnson (4,749) +5 (75-71-69-74=289) F
Wes Short (4,000) +6 (75-69-74-72=290) F
Shane Bertsch (4,000) +6 (72-70-71-77=290) F
Andrew Buckle (4,000) +6 (73-73-70-74=290) F
Jason Dawes (4,000) +6 (75-72-69-74=290) F
Doug LaBelle (4,000) +6 (72-72-71-75=290) F
Rob McKelvey (3,222) +7 (72-73-73-73=291) F
Scott Petersen (3,222) +7 (69-76-73-73=291) F
Pete Jordan (3,222) +7 (68-70-77-76=291) F
Eddie Lee (3,222) +7 (74-73-73-71=291) F
Michael Long (3,222) +7 (73-73-74-71=291) F
Fran Quinn (2,620) +8 (68-73-76-75=292) F
Jeev Milkha Singh (2,620) +8 (71-73-74-74=292) F
Ed Stedman (2,620) +8 (74-72-75-71=292) F
Euan Walters (2,620) +8 (72-72-76-72=292) F
Steve Conran (2,620) +8 (73-72-75-72=292) F
Scott Hend (2,620) +8 (72-73-74-73=292) F
Liang Wen-Chong (2,045) +9 (71-73-73-76=293) F
Jess Daley (2,045) +9 (75-70-77-71=293) F
Trevor Dodds (2,045) +9 (71-72-75-75=293) F
Zoran Zorkic (1,629) +10 (67-73-79-75=294) F
Andrew Bonhomme (1,629) +10 (74-73-77-70=294) F
Chad Lydiatt (1,629) +10 (69-74-77-74=294) F
Jim McGovern (1,629) +10 (71-75-71-77=294) F
Brendan Jones (1,438) +11 (73-73-77-72=295) F
David McKenzie (1,367) +12 (74-72-75-75=296) F
Jason Norris (1,367) +12 (71-70-78-77=296) F
Brett Rumford (1,367) +12 (69-73-71-83=296) F
Emlyn Aubrey (1,367) +12 (71-70-78-77=296) F
Richard Ball (1,367) +12 (68-79-73-76=296) F
Ken Duke (1,367) +12 (70-75-76-75=296) F
Leigh McKechnie (1,367) +12 (71-76-73-76=296) F
Marcus Norgren (1,310) +13 (75-72-75-75=297) F
Jay Delsing (1,310) +13 (74-71-77-75=297) F
Todd Rose (1,271) +14 (69-75-85-69=298) F
John Sutherland (1,271) +14 (70-74-78-76=298) F
Steve Haskins (1,271) +14 (72-75-79-72=298) F
Craig Jones (1,271) +14 (71-73-76-78=298) F
Bob Friend (1,240) +16 (72-75-80-73=300) F
Tyler Williamson (1,227) +17 (70-72-73-86=301) F
Adam Crawford (1,214) +18 (72-75-75-80=302) F
Kevin Pendley (1,201) +19 (74-71-79-79=303) F
Adam Bland (a) +19 (72-74-76-81=303) F
 

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