WORLD number one Tiger Woods will have to contend with the hottest player in the game when he continues his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery at this weeks WGC-CA Championship. Australian Geoff Ogilvy is set to launch his title defence in Thursdays opening round at the Doral Golf Resort where he will be bidding for a fourth tournament win in eight starts. Ogilvy clinched his third World Golf Championships (WGC) crown at this months Accenture Match Play Championship and is eager to return to Doral in pursuit of a fourth.
Its exciting to defend a golf tournament, said Ogilvy,who faces a strong field of 80 including the worlds top 20 players. I played well the year before too,so the last couple of years Ive had a great time at Doral. Ogilvy clinched his first title on home soil at the Australian PGA Championship in December before cruising to a six-stroke victory at the PGA Tours season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii the following month. While Ogilvys three WGC wins make him the second most successful player since elite events were launched in 1999,Woods has piled up a remarkable 15 victories.
In 27 WGC starts,the American has recorded 24 top-10 finishes and earned nearly $20 million. This week will be his first strokeplay tournament since his playoff win at the US Open. Woods made his return to the PGA Tour at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.
I was very pleased with the way I hit the ball, he said. After walking down the cart paths and playing,getting some rhythm,I had no soreness,no pain. Now its just a matter of getting back,playing more rounds.