Date: March 22, 2008

Ogilvy ready to use desperate measures

Halfway leader Geoff Ogilvy suggested &aposAussie voodoo&apos might be the secret to beating Tiger Woods at the CA Championship. Notwithstanding supernatural intervention, Ogilvy or compatriot Adam Scott will have to play some of the best golf of their lives to fend off the greatest player of this, or perhaps any other generation. Woods, who is seeking to stretch his incredible winning streak to eight tournaments, will start today&aposs third round one stroke behind Ogilvy, with Scott three strokes off the lead at Doral Resort&aposs Blue Monster. There is a further three stroke gap to anyone else, which might not matter so much if not for the presence of Woods. When it was pointed out to Ogilvy that one bookmaker had his winning odds at $5, with Woods a prohibitive $1.20, he did not take it as a slight on his ability, but rather a reflection of reality. “He hasn&apost lost too many when in contention after two rounds,” said Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open champion. “He hasn&apost lost too many at Doral. Everything is in his favour. It would be pretty brave for any bookie to have odds larger than that although at $5 – maybe if I wasn&apost playing I&aposd have a go!” “This is a great opportunity to beat perhaps the guy who&aposs becoming the best golfer of all time. Just to get a chance to compete against him is fun, but to get a chance to beat him, you&aposve got nothing to lose.” “Maybe we can put some Aussie voodoo or something on him,” added Ogilvy. Ogilvy, a keen student of the game, knows how rare seven-tournament winning streaks are, another reason he is so keen to be the one to end it. “Winning as much as he does is pretty astonishing. He obviously knows how to win and he&aposs never out of it. I mean, seven in a row, that&aposs a good career (for other players),” he said of Woods. Ogilvy took the lead with a second-round 67 yesterday, extending his bogey-free streak on the course to 44 holes, stretching back to last year&aposs final round. He did not drive the ball particularly well, most of his tee shots trickling into the rough, but he rarely was in much trouble on his way to a 12-under-par 132 halfway total. Woods did his damage on the par-fives, picking up two eagles and a birdie for an ever-so-easy-looking 66. “The par-fives are where you&aposve got to score,” he said. As unlikely as it seems, Woods refuses to concede that he cannot win every tournament he plays this year. At the same time, he knows past success counts for nothing that each tournament starts with everyone on the same score. “Just because I won last week doesn&apost win I&aposm going to win this week,” he said. “I have to earn a victory.” “Each and every day you feel a little bit different, and you have to make those slight adjustments to make sure you&aposre able to hit the shots you want to hit.” Woods always seems able to make those adjustments, as Ogilvy no doubt will witness first hand today.