Geoff Ogilvy enhanced his status in the game by clinching his sixth PGA Tour title with a commanding 4&3 victory over Britains Paul Casey in Sundays final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Three up after dominating in the morning,the Australian world number eight covered the first nine holes of the afternoon in five-under 31 before sealing the win with a birdie at the par-four 33rd. It was Ogilvys third World Golf Championships title,following successes in the 2006 Accenture Match Play Championship and last years CA Championship in Miami,and will lift him to fourth in the world rankings.
Englishman Casey,who had not trailed in any of his five previous matches at Dove Mountains Ritz-Carlton Golf Club,lost the opening hole of the day to Ogilvy and never got back on level terms. Its a very satisfying week to play well, Ogilvy,31,told reporters after appearing in the tournament final for the third time in four years and extending his win-loss record at the event to 17-2. Tucson has been good to me this last week in February. For the last three or four years,it has been fantastic. I really enjoy this format and I just love playing in the desert.
The Australian won his maiden PGA Tour title at the 2005 Tucson Classic. Casey,foiled in his bid to triumph for the first time on the US circuit,paid tribute to his good friend and neighbour in Scottsdale,Arizona. He just played excellent golf all day, the 31-year-old said. He holed the putts when he needed to. I threw a lot at him and he didnt flinch.
OGILVY birdied the opening hole in the afternoon round to go four up before Casey clawed one back by sinking a six-foot birdie putt at the par-five 20th. The Englishman appeared likely to cut the deficit to two when he coaxed in a curling 40-footer to birdie the 22nd but Ogilvy responded by holing his putt there from 15 feet.
The next two holes were halved before the Australian stretched his lead to four after confidently rolling in a seven-footer to birdie the par-four 25th. Ogilvy struck a dagger blow at the par-five 26th,hitting his second shot to six feet and knocking in the eagle putt to trump Caseys birdie there and forge five ahead. Although Casey bogeyed the par-four 27th to trail by six,he won the par-five 29th with a conceded eagle putt and the 31st with a birdie to extend the match. After both drove just short of the green at the 343-yard 33rd,Ogilvy chipped up to six feet and knocked in the birdie putt to seal victory.