GEOFF OGILVY was languishing in 100th spot going into the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston but he exited the event well in contention for the US $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
After closing with two hot bogey-free rounds of 65 Ogilvy ended up tied for second place behind American winner Chris Kirk and jumped to 24th in the FedEx rankings.
That sees the 37 year old Victorian well inside the 70 golfer field at the third of the four US PGA Tour final series this week, the BMW Championship at the Cherry Hill Country Club in Colorado.
Just a fortnight after winning his first tournament in the US in four years, the 2006 US Open winner was obviously delighted with his form, particularly his putting.
“They started going in from the 10th hole [in the third round], so the last 27 holes have been a lot of fun,” he said.
Kirk (66) finished on 15-under with Ogilvy (65) tied second on 13-under with Americans Russell Henley (70) and Billy Horschel (69).
Aussies joining Ogilvy in the top ten were John Senden (66), who tied 5th along with a fast-finishing Rory McIlroy (70), and Jason Day (71), who was again let down by his back nine but still finished on 10-under tied for 7th.
Adam Scott was another on the improve. After opening the tournament with a 2-over 73, he closed with rounds of 68, 68, 67 to finish on 8-under tied for 16th.
So eight Aussies will go through to the third round of the playoffs this week, led by Day (ranked ranked 7th) there’ll be Scott (16th), Senden (19th) and Ogilvy (24th), Stuart Appleby (26th), Steven Bowditch (45th), Marc Leishman (47th) and Matt Jones (67th), who snuck in despite missing the cut.
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