Date: May 05, 2014
Author: Martin Blake /

Strong finish in North Carolina for Ogilvy

f Ogilvy's quest to recapture the game that made him one of the best players in the world from 2006-2009 continued with a strong finish in North Carolina today.

Victorian Ogilvy has endured the toughest 18 months of his professional career, but he finished tied-14th at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow behind American JB Holmes.

Ogilvy, 36, was in and around the top 10 players in the world for four years after he won the 2006 United States Open at Winged Foot and three World Golf Championship events, reaching a peak of No. 3. But his world rank had slipped to 165th prior to this week's tournament, and he has lost automatic rights to play in some of the big events.

Last year the Melburnian had just one top-10 finish in 19 PGA Tour starts; this season he was tied-11th at the Texas Open along with today's decent result. Another Victorian making somewhat of a resurgence, Robert Allenby, finished tied-55th.

Australians had a relatively quiet weekend around the world, although Stacy Keating's foray on to the LPGA Tour gave her an encouraging tied-19th in the North Texas Shootout. Keating has played on the Ladies European Tour in recent years but is hellbent on setting herself up in America. World No. 3 Stacy Lewis of the US dominated that tournament.