Ogilvy nursing 1-stroke lead over Woods

Associated Press

DORAL, Fla. — Geoff Ogilvy was bogey-free over two days on the Blue Monster, saving par four times from the bunker Friday on his way to a 5-under 67 to remain atop the leaderboard at the CA Championship.

Remaining free from the ominous presence of Tiger Woods?

That might be more difficult.

Ogilvy finished one shot clear of Woods, who birdied his final two holes earlier for a 66.


Woods’ last birdie on the par-3 ninth was a bending putt from just inside 25 feet that looked remarkably similar — minus the hat-spiking celebration — to his winning putt five days ago at Bay Hill that kept him undefeated since September. Woods raised the putter in his left hand when the ball still had some 8 feet left to reach the cup.

The roar was loud enough to make Masters champion Zach Johnson step away from his putt across the lake on the 18th hole, but not quite loud enough to shake Ogilvy, who was still on the Blue Monster and patching together another solid round.

Ogilvy, who hasn’t won since capturing the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in 2006, was at 12-under 132. He will be in the final group Saturday with Woods and Adam Scott, who hit into the bushes and the water on the last two holes to spoil a good day. Scott had to settle for a 68, leaving him three shots behind.

Woods made two eagles in one round for the first time since the Buick Invitational last year on the North Course at Torrey Pines.

"So it doesn’t matter who it is playing against Tiger," Ogilvy said.

"That’s reality. He’s won these last however many golf tournaments. He hasn’t lost too many when in contention after two rounds. He hasn’t lost too many at Doral. There’s a lot of things in his favor."

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