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Geoff Ogilvy wins Match Play Championship again

He earns his second title in the event in four years by beating Paul Casey, 4 and 3.

March 02, 2009|Associated Press

Geoff Ogilvy won the Accenture Match Play Championship for the second time in four years with a 4-and-3 victory over Paul Casey of England to stake his claim Sunday as the best in the world at match play.

In a relentless performance at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., the 31-year-old Australian did not trail over the final 63 holes of the tournament and did not have a bogey on his card over the last 57 holes.

He took the lead with a six-foot birdie on the first hole of a 36-hole title match, and never gave Casey a chance. Ogilvy had a 3-up lead after the morning round, then shot 31 on the front nine to pull away.

A tournament that began with so much buzz over the return of Tiger Woods ended with a newfound appreciation for the match-play prowess of Ogilvy, who ran his career record to 18-3 in this fickle format.

"The best thing I can say is I enjoy the format," Ogilvy said. "Generally, when you enjoy something, you do it well."

Ogilvy won his third World Golf Championship -- he will defend his title in two weeks at Doral near Miami in the CA Championship -- the most of any player besides Woods, who has won 15 of these elite events.

And while Woods is a three-time winner of the Match Play Championship, Ogilvy ran his record in this tournament to 17-2. He lost in the championship match two years ago to Henrik Stenson, and lost in the first round last year to Justin Leonard.

Casey brought a 16-3-1 record in match play into the final. "I have no excuses right now," he said.

In the third-place match, Stewart Cink beat Ross Fisher, 1-up.

PGA Tour

Mark Wilson took over the lead of the Mayakoba Golf Classic for good with two early birdies, yet had to fight through some wobbly play down the stretch to earn the second PGA Tour victory of his career.

The co-leader after the second and third rounds, Wilson shot a two-under-par 68 to win by two strokes over J.J. Henry at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Henry shot 68 and was alone in second at 11-under 269. Kevin Streelman, whose 64 was the low round Sunday, and Heath Slocum (67) tied for third at 270.

Bo Van Pelt, who started the day tied with Wilson, shot 79 to finish at 278 and tied for 28th.

LPGA

Lorena Ochoa won the Honda LPGA Thailand for the 25th title of her career, easily overcoming an early deficit and pulling away for a three-stroke victory in her season debut. The top-ranked Mexican star, three strokes behind playing partner Paula Creamer at the start of the round, shot a six-under 66 in overcast conditions that took the edge off the heat on the Siam Country Club's Plantation Course in Pattaya, Thailand.

Ochoa finished at 14-under 274 -- shooting 71-69-68 the first three days -- and earned $217,500 for her second straight season-opening victory. Last year, she opened with a victory in Singapore in the HSBC Women's Champions and went on to win five of her first six events. She will be in Singapore next week for her title defense.

South Korea's Hee Young Park shot a 65 to finish a career-high second. The third-ranked Creamer had a 73, leaving her four strokes back at 10 under.

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