Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ogilvy's Double-Eagle a Breeze; Australian Shoots a Two on 564-Yard Par-5, Holds Share of Honda Lead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ogilvy's Double-Eagle a Breeze; Australian Shoots a Two on 564-Yard Par-5, Holds Share of Honda Lead

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- Geoff Ogilvy was both lucky and good -- on the same shot.

The result was a share of the lead for the 29-year-old Australian after Thursday's wind-blown first round of the Honda Classic at The Country Club of Mirasol Sunrise Course.

Ogilvy, who won the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play two weeks ago, holed his second shot at the 564-yard, par-5 sixth hole for the first double-eagle of his career and the second on the PGA Tour this season.

Ogilvy then birdied the par-4 ninth hole, his last, for a 5-under-par 67 to shove his way into a four-way tie with David Toms, Mathias Gronberg of Sweden and Ryuji Imada of Japan, who played golf at the University of Georgia and lives in Tampa.

Three Tour veterans are tied at 4 under, former University of Florida player Brian Gay (who made the other double-eagle on Tour this year, at the Nissan Open), Billy Mayfair and Jeff Gove.

Gay was the only player in the field to tour the Sunrise Course without a bogey.

John Cook, Scott Hend and another ex-Gator, Dudley Hart, are tied at 3 under. Davis Love III of St. Simons Island, a two-time runner-up in this tournament, is among a large group that shot 2 under. Defending champion Padraig Harrington shot 71.

With the hole playing downwind, Ogilvy, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, used an 8-iron from 180 yards out for the second double-eagle in four years at a Honda Classic at Mirasol. James McLean had a double-eagle in 2003 at the Sunset Course.

The ball landed on the front of the green, bounced three times and rolled about 15 feet into the hole.

"It was a good shot . . . the best shot I hit all day, no question about it," he said in an understatement. "But it's lucky that it goes in. You're not trying to hole it from 180 yards. That's just a bonus."

Ogilvy already had made an eagle in his round, on a 24-foot putt at the par-5 17th hole. Prior to his double-eagle, he birdied the par-5 fifth hole on an 8-foot putt, making him 4 under on the par-5 holes.

Ogilvy double-bogeyed his fourth hole, the par-4 13th, after losing his tee shot in a hazard. But he made only one other bogey. …

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