2003: Nationwide Tour - After further review, it’s Ogilvie
Joe Ogilvie survived a few tense moments and bumps along the way to victory March 2 in the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening Jacob’s Creek Open.
Ogilvie, who led by as many as five shots in the final round, held on for a one-shot victory following a 1-over-par 72 at Kooyonga Golf Club. Ogilvie, the third-round leader, finished at 5-under 279, one shot ahead of Shane Tait.
Ogilvie, who began the final round up by two over Tait, played the final seven holes in 3 over.
“It was, ‘How many strokes can I win the tourn-ament by? Can I get to 10 under?’ I told my caddie I’d try to win by seven or eight shots,” Ogilvie said. “That was a really dumb comment as it turned out.”
Meanwhile, Tait – who trailed Ogilvie by seven shots through 11 holes – played the final seven holes in 3 under to shoot 71.
New Zealand’s Mahal Pearce shot 5-under 66 to move from a tie for 25th to a tie for third with David Morland IV, who shot 7 under on the weekend after making the cut on the number.
Ogilvie’s final-round troubles began at the par-4 12th after he hit his tee shot under a tree. His first attempt to chip the ball out struck the tree and bounced back while his club was still on its follow-through, leaving doubts in Ogilvie’s mind as to whether he double-hit the ball. He eventually made double-bogey 6 on the hole.
Still flustered, Ogilvie bogeyed the 13th hole while playing partner Tait made birdies at 13 and 14 to reduce the margin to two shots.
Leading by two, Ogilvie found a fairway bunker at 18 and took three shots to make the green. Tait then made birdie to cut the lead to one.
Ogilvie, however, made his par at 18, then headed to the tournament office to check television replays and reassure himself he did not double-hit the ball at No. 12.
“In the back of my mind I thought there was a chance I might have to call a penalty on myself and Shane wins,” said Ogilvie.
Tait earned $65,170 for his largest career check.
“I enjoyed it,” Tait said. “It was was great fun, especially those last four or five holes when he (Ogilvie) dropped a few and made it a bit more interesting.”
The tournament, co-sanctioned by the Australasian Tour, was the first under the PGA Tour’s five-year deal with Nationwide, which replaced Buy.com as the circuit’s title sponsor.