Date: March 19, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Ogilvy on knife edge for Augusta invitation

Australia&aposs Geoff Ogilvy remains on the edge of an invitation to Augusta National with the Victorian now ranked 50th in the world, just weeks before this year&aposs Masters Tournament. Ogilvy finished the Tampa Bay Championship presented by Everbank in a tie for 61st place, slipping from 49th to the cut line. Players who are not otherwise eligible will get into the year&aposs first Major if they win one of the next three PGA Tour events: the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Shell Houston Open or Valero Texas Open or by being in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking on April 1. Ogilvy makes his first Arnold Palmer Invitational appearance this week since 2008, when he tied for 14th. Were Ogilvy to miss Augusta National, it would be the first time in his career since 2006 when he won the U.S Open, Australia&aposs last Major victory. Eight players ranked between 45 and 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings yet to secure Masters invitations. Fellow Australians Greg Chalmers (60) and Marcus Fraser (61) are also in the hunt for a Masters invitation. Chalmers is competing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational while Fraser plays in the Maybank Malaysian Open on the European Tour in Kuala Lumpur. The Augusta Bubble: (those ranked 50-61 on the World Rankings who are yet to qualify) 50. Geoff Ogilvy 55. Alexander Noren 57. Charles Howell III 58. Henrik Stenson 59. Thongchai Jaidee 60. Greg Chalmers 61. Marcus Fraser