Commentary

Geoff Ogilvy impressive in Round 1

Poor weather and rain delay don't affect Ogilivy's play at TPC Boston

Updated: September 4, 2010, 11:58 AM ET
By Scott Barboza | ESPNBoston.com

NORTON, Mass. -- Geoff Ogilvy eyed the weather forecast and knew what was coming. Like most in Southeastern New England on Friday, he feared the worst of Hurricane Earl but hoped for the best.

It would've appeared that the Australian was at a decided disadvantage when he got his early afternoon tee time for the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

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Michael Cohen/Getty ImagesGeoff Ogilvy finished Day 1 at Deutsche Bank Championship tied for third place at 7-under.

"I think we got pretty lucky with the weather," Ogilvy said. "There were a couple of weird little squalls out there. It was way better than I assumed it was going to be."

Ogilvy's tee time was set for 12:42 p.m. ET, but the horns blew around half-past noon and play was halted for nearly an hour and a half.

The rain came and, at times, it poured throughout the afternoon. The crowd had thinned long before Ogilvy finally teed off and carded his 7-under 64, which has him for third place. But through it all, he considered himself fortunate.

"It didn't turn out that bad," Ogilvy said. "I'm sure it was easier this morning, but there seemed to be plenty of good scores this afternoon."

Ogilvy ended the day in a logjam of eight golfers tied for third place. He made the turn at 4-under-par and proceeded to birdie four of the next five holes to join Jason Day and Zach Johnson -- temporarily -- at the top of the leader board at 8-under through 15.

After two bogeys, Ogilvy wrapped up one of his more impressive rounds this season with a birdie on the par-5 18th.

"This is one of those courses that I feel that if I play well, I can do really well. I just feel this course suits me better than others, better than last week's."

Ogilvy continued, "When you're playing well, you seem to get the breaks. When you're not, you don't."

Sometimes those come in the most unexpected of ways.

THE WAIT

Through 13 holes, Matt Kuchar was setting a pace that could have challenged the course record.

While stepping up to the tee on the final hole, it looked as though he'd be lucky to finish his round. Ominous clouds lurked overhead and thunder could be heard from a distance as Hurricane Earl came knocking. It was then that the air horns blew and Kuchar was forced to wait almost an hour and 20 minutes to play one final hole.

"It was great to birdie the last, particularly after that hour rain delay," Kuchar said. "You never know how you're going to come out and just to make a three on No. 9 is a good score."

Kuchar entered Friday's first round atop the FedEx Cup leader board and the 32-year-old rode the positive momentum gained from last week's dramatic win at the Barclays early on, carding six birdies through his first 13 holes.

"Considering all the congratulatory stuff, all the stuff that goes on after winning a tournament," Kuchar said, "the next week, it's hard to continue good play."

Then "Kooch" ran into the TPC's par-4 sixth hole. He double bogeyed and went on to finish tied for 16th at 5-under 66.

"It started off slow and then I started making a few putts," Kuchar said. "I made a good up-and-down on No. 14, which was our fifth hole, and then after that got it going pretty good and made some putts and played some steady golf, except for the double bogey on the 14th hole."

As the Floridian paced the course, he showed allegiance to his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. The familiar old script "B" was embroidered on the side of his cap and the double socks insignia over the clasp. His affinity for the team stems from his father, Peter, who's a native New Englander.

Once every year, the Kuchar family still finds time to vacation on Newfound Lake in Bristol, N.H.

Already enjoying the best season of his 10-year career, Kuchar is in contention for the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. He would like nothing better than to help his chances with a strong showing in his father's "backyard."

"I'll tell you what, it would be one heck of a celebration," Kuchar said on the potential to win the Cup. "But until that point, I'm going to stay humble and try not to think about it."

Scott Barboza covers high school sports for ESPNBoston.com.

Scott Barboza

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Scott Barboza joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.

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