Ogilvy bounces back inside world top 50

Geoff Ogilvy has finished runner-up in the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic, a result which should set him up for a return to the Masters in April.

The Aussie needs to be inside the world’s top-50 at the end of the month to get into the Masters at Augusta National next month.

Geoff Ogilvy Geoff Ogilvy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Ogilvy birdied two of his last three holes, including a chip in on the 16th, to shoot a closing one-under-par 69 and finish two strokes behind American Michael Thompson (69) who won at 9-under.

Ogilvy’s second place finish will lift his world ranking from 79 to 46, getting him into this week’s field at the rich World Golf Championships event at the Doral resort.

The result at the Honda Classic was a major form reversal for Ogilvy who had missed the cut in the last four of his previous five starts this season.

“I played really well today,” said Ogilvy.

“Obviously I would have loved to have won here and sealed that but at least I’ve gone the right direction, made a decent jump in the World Ranking. And if I can play well at a course next week that I’ve played well at before, hopefully I can make more of a move up and get back to Augusta.”

For the last year, Ogilvy has been advocating there was nothing wrong with his game that a few more dropped putts could not cure. He was insisting that he was playing well and that results would follow once his putter started working.

From the end of December to the end of January, Ogilvy dropped 16 places in the world rankings to No 67, which precluded his participation in two World Golf Championships events that are among his seven tour victories, last week’s Match Play Championship and this week’s Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Ogilvy following yesterday’s result at the Honda will now head to Doral.

“I guess that’s a bit of a wake-up call,” said Ogilvy on the weekend.

“So that’s a bonus to get a start next week. It wasn’t any fun missing the Match Play and it wouldn’t have been any fun missing next week, both are tournaments that I’ve played well in before.”

It was the kick-start Ogilvy was after his ranking had gone in reverse since the summer of 2008, when Ogilvy ascended to a career-high No 3.

He had only one top-10 finish last year. In 64 official starts since his last tour victory, at the 2010 Tournament of Champions, Ogilvy has two top-three finishes, both in FedEx Cup playoff events.

This year he missed the cut in four of his first five starts, falling outside the top-64.

“I didn’t see it coming,” said the 2008 US Open Champion.

“One bad week turned into two and three, and it all goes very fast when you start struggling on the golf course.”

Patience is a virtue on the PGA Tour and Ogilvy finally got his putter working on the weekend and he made a tricky 6-footer for a birdie at 18 on Sunday to prove it.

“I hit a pretty good putt,” he said.

The putts are finally dropping, as Ogilvy said they would, and as anybody can see his game is looking pretty good.

Hopefully the Masters awaits.