Ogilvy extends lead

Maybe playing the three Australian tournaments is the way to go in order to be prepared for the start of the PGA Tour season? Stuart Appleby had the Mercedes-Benz Championship on a string for a few years, Daniel Chopra won it last year after a visit to Oz and it appears Geoff Ogilvy may be going down the same path this year.

Ogilvy fired a bogey free, 8-under 65 to sit six shots ahead of Justin Leonard and D.J. Trahan who is obviously in the wrong profession.

Ogilvy had a stellar three weeks back home winning for the first time on home soil at the Australian PGA Championship and finishing second at the Australian Open. The PGA Tour wrap on the event so far have left writers a little bemused by how well the Aussies perform here:

“Leader Geoff Ogilvy is a good wind player and has gone wire-to-wire before (see: last year at Doral). Not to mention he’s Australian, something that, for whatever reason, seems to work well at Kapalua and in this tournament.”

It’s only three events but the Aussie swing events are on tough, non-target golf courses in tough conditions. Seems like a perfect build up to me. Maybe they should move this tri-tournament block to the month before the US Masters?

Let’s see if the man named Geoff can win this thing. We’ll know about 2pm Monday (Australian time).

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