Ogilvy widens his lead at Mercedes
Geoff Ogilvy ran off three straight birdies on the back nine and shot an 8-under-par 65 yesterday to make the rest of the winners-only field at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii, feel as though they were playing for second.
The wind switched directions, making Kapalua seem like a different course. What didn't change was the guy atop the leaderboard.
Leading by one shot to start Round 3, Ogilvy played bogey-free for the second time in three rounds and wound up with a six-shot lead over Justin Leonard and D.J. Trahan as he tries to win the PGA Tour's opener.
Leonard made eight birdies over his final 14 holes on his way to a 65, the kind of round he figured would give him a chance to win. But he never had a good look at the leaderboard until he walked onto the 18th green and saw that Ogilvy was at 19 under.
"It was a little deflating, to say the least," Leonard said.
Trahan (70) was one shot behind Ogilvy and simply couldn't keep up.
About the only thing Ogilvy did wrong was fail to convert three reasonable birdie chances on the closing holes, including the 18th, the only par 5 he failed to birdie in the third round.
He was at 19-under 200, the second-largest 54-hole lead at Kapalua behind David Duval in 1999.
"It's never over until the last hole," Ogilvy said. "I've never had a lead like this going into Sunday, so it will be a new experience."
It might be a new course, too. While the Kona wind brought significant change in club selection, the forecast includes a big thunderstorm approaching the islands, leading the Tour to move the starting times up three hours.
European - Charl Schwartzel had a hole-in-one on his way to an 8-under 63 (11-under 202) and a share of the Joburg Open lead with Andrew McLardy (69) and David Drysdale (71) after the third round in Johannesburg.
Schwartzel hit a 7-iron at the 205-yard 12th, atoning for a double-bogey 6 at No. 11.
Retief Goosen had six birdies for a 65 to sit one shot back.