Chris Kirk wins the Deutsche Bank Championship, but it’s a strong performance from Geoff Ogilvy that has Aussie golf fans smiling.
Geoff Ogilvy only just snuck into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only the top-100 in the FedEx Cup rankings earned a place in the field and Ogilvy qualified in 100th place and needed a decent performance to get himself into the top-75; the cut-off for the next week’s event, the BMW Championship.
Ogilvy’s second successive bogey-free 6-under 65 saw him finish in a tie for second place, two shots behind the winner Chris Kirk at the Deutsche Bank Championship. While his driving and iron play have been good all week, Ogilvy gained over three shots on the field with the putter on the weekend.
The result sees Ogilvy jump 76 places in the FedEx Cup rankings to 24th. It not only assures the 2006 US Open champion a spot in next week’s 75-man field FedEx Cup tournament, but Ogilvy now looks like a good chance to play in the season ending TOUR Championship – place that earns you a spot in every major in 2015 and a chance to earn himself over $10 million.
He wasn’t the only Australian golfer to finish high on the PGA Tour leaderboard this week.
John Senden and Jason Day also finished inside the top-10 at TPC Boston and Adam Scott bounced back from a poor start to card three rounds in the 60’s to finish in a tie for 16th place.
Along with Stuart Appleby, all four Australian’s are currently placed inside the top-30 on the FedEx Cup rankings – the cut-off mark for the lucrative TOUR Championship.
It seems remarkable that just a month ago Ogilvy was frustrated the results weren’t coming his way and needed to be talked into playing the Barracuda Championship that he won and set himself up for a shot at the FedEx Cup events.
A missed cut at last week’s Barclays Tournament meant Ogilvy had to rely on other results to get himself at the Deutsche Bank Championship but he’s now making the most of the opportunity.