Masters places on the line for Aussie duo
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2005 US Masters | General | 17 Mar 2005
With just two events to go before the official US Masters field is announced, the quest continues to secure a place in the world’s top 50 for the likes of Aussies Richard Green and Geoff Ogilvy.
Both players will line up this week at the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, with Green looking to secure his current world number 48 ranking and Ogilvy hoping to secure results that will see him move up from his current rating of world number 53.
For both players the past few weeks have been promising with Ogilvy recording his first US PGA title when he claimed the Chrysler Classic of Tuscon, following it up with a tied for 6th placing at last week’s Honda Classic.
Green, the 2004 MasterCard Masters Champion, finished in 61st place on the OWGR in 2004 and has recorded a T3 at the Holden New Zealand Open and the recent Qatar Masters this year to see his position improve.
Ogilvy finished in 70th place at the end of last year and has had two top 10 finishes including his win in Tuscon this year to also move forward 17 places.
Both players have a challenge ahead with four of the world’s top five players in the field in Orlando. Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen will join defending champion Chad Campbell who made a final-round comeback to beat Stuart Appleby for the Bay Hill Invitational title last year. Adam Scott was tied for 3rd.
In addition to Green and Ogilvy, thirteen Australasians will be playing in Florida this week including Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Mark Hensby, Stephen Leaney, Peter Lonard, Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling, Craig Parry, Craig Perks (NZ), Brett Rumford, Adam Scott, John Senden and Andre Stolz.
The Masters field will be decided by March 27 after The Players Championship. Green and Ogilvy have two tournaments left to ensure their places alongside Australasians already lining up at Augusta on April 4 including Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Mark Hensby, Peter Lonard, Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling and Adam Scott.
Source – PGA Tour