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Chrysler Classic: New Faces and Old Places

Feb. 27, 2005     By     Comments (1)

Geoff Ogilvy became the 14th first time winner at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson winning a playoff against Kevin Na.

Geoff OgilvyThe Chrysler Classic of Tucson has become the premier event for first time winners on the PGA Tour. Today, Australian Geoff Ogilvy joined the winners club thanks to his clutch performance on the second playoff hole. Ogilvy began the day tied for the lead along with Kevin Na, the youngest player on Tour. When regulation was over, three players were tied for the lead at -19. Ogilvy, Na, and veteran Mark Calcavecchia who battled for a round of 69 to get into the playoff.

On the first playoff hole, Calcavecchia found a fairway bunker and took two shots to finally escape netting a double bogey which took him out of the running for the title. This was Calcavecchia's 26th time to place 2nd in a tournament. Ogilvy made par easily while Na scrambled to get up and down from the rough to save par and extend the playoff. The next hole was the par-5 10th. Both Na and Ogilvy missed the fairway and ended up in a grove of trees.

Ogilvy's ball found a bad lie and he was forced to lay up in the fairway. Na had a decent lie and went for the green. His shot landed on the green and finally settled in the rough past the hole. Ogilvy played his third shot to 18 feet above the hole. Na's very quick eagle chip flew eight feet past the hole before finally coming to a halt. Ogilvy sunk his putt and waited anxiously to see if Na would be able to tie. Na's putt lipped out and Ogilvy had just won his first Tour event.

The optimum scoring conditions which marked most of the tournament all but disappeared today with a gusty wind and very hard greens making scoring tough. The low round today was a meager -5 with most players only one or two shots under par.

Pos Name                  Tot  R1 R2 R3 R4  Tot
 1  Geoff Ogilvy          -19  65 66 67 71  269
T2  Mark Calcavecchia 	  -19  64 65 71 69  269
T2  Kevin Na 	          -19  67 66 65 71  269
 4  Steve Stricker 	  -18  64 68 70 68  270
 5  Doug Barron 	  -17  66 66 67	72  271
T6  Aaron Baddeley        -16  73 64 67	68  272
T6  Billy Mayfair         -16  63 67 72	70  272
T6  Brent Geiberger       -16  67 66 68	71  272
T9  Kevin Sutherland      -15  69 63 74	67  273
T9  Jose Maria Olazabal   -15  68 69 68	68  273
T9  Kevin Stadler 	  -15  67 68 69	69  273
T9  Todd Fischer 	  -15  68 67 67	71  273
T9  Danny Briggs 	  -15  69 64 69	71  273
T9  Joe Ogilvie 	  -15  66 66 69	72  273
T9  Lucas Glover 	  -15  64 67 69	73  273
T9  Darron Stiles 	  -15  64 70 67	72  273

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