The irony of chipping in for a double bogey at the 72nd hole won’t be lost on Geoff Ogilvy who came within one birdie of parlaying his outstanding play last week to keep his card into qualifying for the second of the FedEx Cup Playoff events.
Ogilvy began the week 116th in the standings and needing to get inside the top 100 to join the field in Boston next week.
After a rare birdie at the difficult par-3 17th he was projected to be 102nd and a birdie at the last would likely have seen him advance.
But the cruelty of the game was on full display as the 2006 US Open champion dumped two balls in the water off the tee at the final hole before finding rough behind the green with his fifth.
His chance at playing next week gone, Ogilvy then proceeded to chip in for a double bogey six and dropped to 108th.
It was a disappointing finish to the week but the 40-year-old will be pleased with his play overall to end the season after being on the cusp of losing his card just a fortnight ago.
Ogilvy was one of six Australasians to tee up at Glen Oaks in New York for the first of the four playoff events, Jason Day taking top honours courtesy of an impressive final round 67.
It was a gritty fightback from the former World Number 1 who at one point Friday was 4-over and in danger of missing the cut.
However, he hit back with four back-9 birdies to easily qualify for the weekend then showed flashes of some of his best golf with a 68-67 finish.
Day will be encouraged by the performance with three playoff events left, his T6 not only moving him up the leaderboard but seeing him into the top 30 on the FedEx Cup as well.
That is an important milestone with only the top 30 qualifying for the final playoff event at East Lake in Atlanta and a chance to win the FedEx Cup and its associated $10 million bonus.
Rod Pampling was the last of the Australasians to make the cut, his best of the week 69 Sunday seeing him finish T54.
Marc Leishman never got anything going for the week and missed the weekend by one after making a bogey at the 18th on day two while Cameron Smith and New Zealand’s Danny Lee were both well outside the cut line at 5-over for the first 36 holes.
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