Ogilvy digs deep at Wyndham to make FedExCup cut
(Greensboro, NC:) Geoff Ogilvy has declared “mission accomplished” after the double comfort of securing his PGA Tour card for next season and qualifying for Thursday’s start of the lucrative FedExCup Play-Off series.
Not since he first went to Q-School nearly 19-years ago has Ogilvy endured the pressure he found himself under this week at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Geoff Ogilvy digs deep at Wyndham to make FedExCup cut (Credit: Anthony Powter)
For Ogilvy, and many of his PGA Tour colleague’s, it was a PGA Tour ‘Last Chance Saloon’ with the 40-year old proud Australian right on the cusp of the 125th cutoff mark in the FedEx Cup standings.
The 2006 US Open accepted the challenge with a no-frills first day 70 but then had everyone sitting-up to take notice with 66s over day two and day three after having been projected to end his season ranked 132nd following the second round.
If that wasn’t enough Ogilvy then came out of the gates on Sunday morning and cut a swath through the field producing an outward nine of a 4-under par 29 highlighted by an eagle at the short par four, eighth hole.
Ogilvy had earlier birdied the 1st, 5th and 6th hole and also birdied the 9th.
The wheels started to wobble slightly on Ogilvy’s inward half when he sandwiched a 15th hole birdie in between double bogeys at the 11th and 17th holes.
However the Victorian did enough to get the job done and jumped nine places to 116th on the FedEx Cup standing, which sees him tee it up at Thursday’s Northern Trust.
“This is mission accomplished meaning the mission I set out with this week has been accomplished,” he said.
“It was a mission I had from the Frys.com at the start of the season up until standing here late on Sunday at the Wyndham.”
“Now I have a good opportunity next week to get myself to the second FedEx Cup Play-Off event in Boston which is a course I have played well at in the past.”
“After that who knows? I am clearly playing quite well and if I can play like this next week and have a similar week and a similar sort of finish then I might qualify myself for Boston.”
“Standing here I’m absolutely shagged…it won’t take many beers to do the job to get me asleep tonight”, he said smiling.
Ogilvy’s electrifying first nine holes reads: birdie, three pars, birdie, birdie, par, eagle and par.
And given the circumstances of the occasion Ogilvy believes he has not pasted together a finer nine-holes since turning pro in July 1998.
“My opening seven holes was the best seven holes…whether it was winning a tournament or not winning a tournament,” he said. “I don’t know where that came from but it came from somewhere.”
“For whatever reason, I always play better in situations like this week when I absolutely have to. I think it’s also why match-play has always suited me because if you are playing the first hole and your opponent hits it close, I know you have to hit it closer.”
“You have no choice and I felt it was a situation clearly on Friday either you want to do this and hold onto your card or go home. There was just no option but to play well.”
And helping encourage Ogilvy in this quest were dozens and dozens of text and email messages.
“I have had tons of messages and clearly it has been a story on Golf Channel what with the guys like myself who were around the bubble”, he said.
“I am sure Twitter has been exploding so I have plenty of messages, and without singling out any particular message it is just nice to know people do care.”
And after such an inspirational four days in Greensboro, Ogilvy was cheekily asked if he thought he could be a wildcard pick later next month for the International Presidents Cup team – even though he is heading to New Jersey as a vice-captain.
“Give me a break, Bernie”, he said smiling.
“I would have to win twice. I would have to win the next two weeks and if I did I would say ‘Hey, Pricey what do you thing?’ That would be the only way if I was to win the next two weeks.”