Casey, Ogilvy in final
Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey drove up to Dove Mountain two weeks ago to play a practice round on the new golf course for the
When they play again today, the stakes will be significantly higher.
Ogilvy made five birdies on the back nine to outlast teenage sensation Rory McIlroy in the quarterfinals, then played his final four holes in 5-under-par against Stewart Cink for a 4-and-2 victory to reach the championship match for the third time in four years.
His opponent will be Casey, who has turned in the most dominating performance in the 11-year history of this tournament.
In an All-England semifinal, Casey defeated Ross Fisher, 2 and 1, and will have a chance to become the first Match Play champion to never trail in any match the entire week. Even more astounding is that Casey has led 81 of the 82 holes he has played.
Cink, who defeated Ernie Els (2 and 1) in the morning quarterfinals, was tied with Ogilvy when they reached the par-5 13th hole, where the former US Open champion played an exquisite pitch to 5 feet for birdie and Cink had a 12-footer to match him. The putt stopped one turn short.
Cink's loss meant the US will not have a finalist for only the second time in this event.
Casey had his easiest time of the week in the quarterfinals against Sean O'Hair, who got food poisoning overnight at the worst time. The American played the first two holes so poorly that Casey never had to attempt his 6-foot birdie putt at No. 1 or an 8-foot birdie on the next hole. O'Hair shot 40 on the front nine, falling hopelessly behind as Casey won, 4 and 3.
Fisher defeated Justin Leonard, 2 and 1, in the quarters.
PGA - Bo Van Pelt shot a 3-under 67, enough to catch Mark Wilson for the lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Wilson shot a 1-under, leaving both at 11-under 199 through three rounds of the tour's annual stop south of the border.
Briny Baird shot a 3-under to get within a stroke, putting him in today's final group with Wilson and Van Pelt at the 6,923-yard, par-70 El Camaleon course.
J.J. Henry shot a 1-under and was another stroke behind.
LPGA - Paula Creamer had three consecutive birdies on the back nine for a 5-under 67 and a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the $1.45 million of the LPGA Thailand in Pattaya.
The world's No. 3 player delighted the Thai galleries with birdies on holes Nos. 12, 13, and 14 to finish with a three-round total of 11-under 205, putting her ahead of Lorena Ochoa (68) and former Duke star Brittany Lang (71). Karrie Webb (69) was fourth.
European/Asian - Thongchai Jaidee shot a 5-under 67 for a 9-under 207 total and a one-shot lead over Alexander Noren (66) after the third round of the $1.25 million Indonesian Open in Bali.