Archive for Sunday, January 30, 2005

Ogilvie hangs on to Chrysler lead

Lonard trails by two, defending champ Mickelson by six

January 30, 2005

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— Joe Ogilvie turned in a steady if unspectacular round Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69 that kept him ahead of the pack at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Driving more accurately than earlier in the week but leaving some of his irons well short of the pin, Ogilvie still managed an eagle and two birdies on par 5s at La Quinta Country Club to go to 26-under 262.

Peter Lonard of Australia remained two shots behind after also shooting a 69 during the fourth round of the five-day tournament.

Former British Open champion Justin Leonard was another stroke back after a 64 that left him 23 under. Tim Clark had a 66 and was fourth at 266.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson, who also won the Hope in 2002, had a 68 and was in a group at 268, six shots off the pace.

The 30-year-old Ogilvie, looking for his first tour win, left several of his iron shots 20-25 feet below the pin. He made his eagle on the 512-yard 11th hole by reaching the green in two and rolling in a 12-foot putt.

Ogilvie, who has appeared relaxed the entire week while either tied for the lead or in front by himself, smiled and waved to the crowd when his eagle putt dropped.

His best finish on the tour is a second-place tie with Mickelson last year at New Orleans. Ogilvie was leading heading into the final nine holes, but Vijay Singh shot a 29 on the back nine to win.

Lonard, 37, the winner of a string of titles in Australia but none in America, has eight top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, including a third place during his rookie season of 2002.

Craig Stadler, who won the 1980 Hope for his first tour victory, had moved into contention with a third-round 65, but had a fourth-round 71 to drop back into the pack at 271.

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