Scott and Ogilvy on track in Indiana

ADAM SCOTT and Geoff Ogilvy were on track with joint four-under par 68s after the first round of the 2012 BMW Championship at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana.

Scott only needs to finish in the top 39 to progress to the Tour Championship while Ogilvy needs to improve even further and finish in the top four.

The two Aussies were four strokes behind a group of four leading the US PGA Tour Playoff event, led by world no.1 Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, US Open winner Webb Simpson, fellow countryman Bo Van Pelt and Canada’s Graeme DaLaet took advantage of the relatively benign conditions to shoot equal course-record eight-under-par 64s.

The 23-year-old Northern Irishman is in fine form, winning two of his last three starts, including the US PGA Championship and last week’s second FedEx Cup playoff event in Boston.

“It was great. With the soft conditions you could really shoot a number out there, and I did,” McIlroy said. “I took advantage of hitting the ball really well, hitting it in the fairway, which I need to do, and also hitting it long, and gave myself a lot of opportunities. I missed a few, but was able to make the most of them. Great start to the tournament.”

His playing partner Tiger Woods was lurking one shot back, tied for fifth along with Vijay Singh in the elite 70 man field.

John Senden was in a precarious position at 2-under. His projected FedEx Cup ranking is 29th, just one under the number progressing to the Tour Championship in Atlanta in a fortnight.

Greg Chalmers (74) and Marc Leishman (75) need top six finishes to advance and have a lot of work to do in the remaining three rounds. They were among just 10 players to shoot over par and are sitting at 45th and 48th in the projected standings.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017


  1. Great start by the guys and they backed it up with good 2nd rounds as well. Would be good to see one of these two fighting it out for the win come the Tour Championship.

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