Maui, Hawaii, January 11,2009 – Kapalua is no Winged Foot and the Mercedes Benz Championship is no U.S. Open but you can’t take anything away from Geoff Ogilvy and his win at the PGA Tour season opener today in Hawaii.
While the fairways in Hawaii are a lot friendlier that any U.S Open test it was the wedge game and putting stroke that propelled the Aussie to an impressive final tally of twenty-four under par (268). Hole after hole he displayed deft touch throughout the four rounds of 67-68-65-68. The total was six strokes better than runners-up Davis Love III and Anthony Kim who each shot -6 on Sunday but could only gain a stroke on the surging Ogilvy who stumbled out of the gate today but got on track in short order. He went five under par on his final nine holes.
The win marks the fifth on the PGA Tour for Ogilvy. The thirty-two year old native of South Adelaide turned professional in 1998. His win at the World Golf Championships – CA Championship qualified him to play this week and he took full advantage of the opportunity. “My goal at the start of the year was to win golf tournaments. Traditionally I have been a horrible starter on the west coast but what can I say, this is a great way to start the year,” he said just moments after closing out the victory.
Just a few days ago Ogilvy sat in the media and proclaimed that he felt he was a better player on January 1st, 2009 than the same day a year earlier.
It tooks like his assessment was pretty spot on.
Ogilvy used the new Cobra Speed S9-1 driver for the win. His take on the driver, “It goes pretty good.” (By his count he had it it 3 or 4 times before he put it “straight in the bag.”
He also used the “new version of the old one,” referring to his Titleist Pro V1 ball. He will play the same ball next week at the Sony and expects to test the “new-new one” version of the ball over the month following the Hawaii trip. “They never make a bad ball. They are always pretty good,” he added.