Geoff Ogilvy has opened the PGA Tour season with a six-shot victory in the Mercedes-Benz Championship, overcoming a choppy start at Kapalua by closing with a 5-under 68.
It wasn't as easy as the margin indicates.
The former U.S. Open champion had a six-shot lead going into the
final round on a rain-softened Plantation Course, but after making
four bogeys on his first seven holes, he stood in the ninth fairway
with his lead down to one shot over hard-charging Anthony Kim.
Ogilvy hit his approach into 30 feet and made the eagle putt to
restore the cushion, then ran off four straight birdies on the back
nine and the rout was on. He finished at 24-under 268 and won $1.12
million for a wire-to-wire victory that moves him to No. 6 in the
Kim nearly made double eagle on the last hole for a 67 to tie
for second with Davis Love III, who also had a 67.