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Game, set, match: Ogilvy rolls

Geoff Ogilvy didn't need much help, but steered this birdie putt in during his Accenture Match Play win over Paul Casey. Geoff Ogilvy didn't need much help, but steered this birdie putt in during his Accenture Match Play win over Paul Casey. (ross d. franklin/associated press)
Associated Press / March 2, 2009
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Geoff Ogilvy won the Accenture Match Play Championship yesterday for the second time in four years with a 4-and-3 victory over Paul Casey of England to stake his claim as the best in the world at match play.

In a relentless performance at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., the 31-year-old Australian did not trail over the final 62 holes of the tournament and did not have a bogey over the last 57 holes.

He took the lead with a 6-foot birdie on the first hole of a 36-hole title match, and never gave Casey a chance. Ogilvy had a 3-up lead after the morning round, then shot 31 on the front nine to pull away.

A tournament that began with so much buzz about the return of Tiger Woods ended with a newfound appreciation for the match-play prowess of Ogilvy, who ran his career record to 18-3 in this fickle format.

"The best thing I can say is I enjoy the format," Ogilvy said. "Generally, when you enjoy something, you do it well."

Ogilvy won his third World Golf Championship - he will defend his title in two weeks at Doral in the CA Championship - the most of any player besides Woods, who has won 15 of these elite events.

And while Woods is a three-time winner of the Match Play Championship, Ogilvy ran his record in this tournament to 17-2. He lost in the championship match two years ago to Henrik Stenson, and lost in the first round last year to Justin Leonard.

Casey birdied three of the first eight holes of the afternoon round, yet Ogilvy still stretched his lead to 5 up.

"I have no excuses right now," Casey said.

Ogilvy closed him out with a 6-foot birdie on the 15th hole. He won $1.4 million and moves up to No. 4 in the world ranking.

PGA - Mark Wilson took over the lead of the Mayakoba Classic for good with two early birdies, yet had to fight through some wobbly play down the stretch to earn his second career PGA win.

The co-leader after the second and third rounds, Wilson shot a 2-under-par 68 to win by two strokes over J.J. Henry (68) in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Wilson finished with a 13-under 267 total. Kevin Streelman (64) and Heath Slocum (67) were third, three strokes back.

LPGA - Lorena Ochoa won the Honda Thailand for her 25th career title, easily overcoming an early deficit and pulling away for a three-stroke victory in her season debut.

The top-ranked Mexican star, three strokes behind playing partner Paula Creamer at the start of the round, shot a 6-under 66 on the Siam Country Club's Plantation Course in Pattaya.

Ochoa finished at 14-under 274 and earned $217,500 for her second straight season-opening victory. South Korea's Hee Young Park shot a 65 to finish a career-high second. Creamer had a 73, leaving her four strokes back.

European/Asian - Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the Indonesia Open in Bali for his record 11th Asian Tour title and first European Tour win in four years, closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory.

Nationwide - Australia's Alistair Presnell won the Moonah Classic in Fingal, Australia, birdieing the 18th hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Peter O'Malley.

Presnell finished at 9-under 279 on the Moonah Links course in the event sanctioned by the Australasian and Nationwide tours. He earned $108,000 and full Nationwide Tour status for the rest of the season.

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