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Geoff Ogilvy beats Davis Love 3 & 2

Australian Geoff Ogilvy beat Davis Love 3 and 2 here to complete a surprising run to the WGC Match Play Championship title.

Ogilvy, who appeared on his way out of the elite 7.5 million-dollar event on several occassions, needing extra holes to triumph in his first four matches, encountered smooth sailing in the 36-hole final against Love.

Love, the 23rd seed, was seeking redemption after finishing runner-up two years ago to Tiger Woods, who was eliminated on Friday.

There were 12 times when, had either his opponent made a putt or had Ogilvy missed, the Australian would have been eliminated.

He escaped each time, and won his semi-final against US Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman in convincing fashion before subduing another major champion in the final.

"Each one of those extra hole matches I felt pretty fortunate to get through," said Ogilvy, who collected 1.3 million dollars for just his second professional victory, 52 weeks after winning in Tucson on the same day as last year's final.

"My opponent had a putt to knock me out of the tournament every single time and no one made one. Something was on my side this week, keeping their putts out of the hole and making mine go in the hole.

"I didn't play out-of-my-mind well. I've played better before, but I got it done, hit shots when I needed to hit them, and I missed probably one putt I'm annoyed I missed."

The loss extended Love's victory drought, which has now lasted since 2003.

"I just didn't hit enough good iron shots when I had to and Geoff did," Love said. "I let him get away from me 3-up a couple of times, and you can't do that, even in a 36-hole match.

"It was not a good day, but a good week and I take a lot of confidence from it. I'm driving it great, good enough to win any week. If I can drive it like that at places like the Masters, I'll do real well."

Love made two mistakes that proved pivotal. He had a four-footer at the 14th hole in the morning to go 2-up, but missed it, which was a huge psychological boost to Ogilvy.

"It was a bonus at the time," Ogilvy said. "The momentum was going his way a little bit."

Love also let Ogilvy off the hook at the 27th hole, the par-four ninth. He had won two of the previous three holes to claw back to 1-down, and after Ogilvy missed the green, Love knew a par would be good enough to win the hole, but he overshot the green and had to settle for a bogey which halved the hole.

Ogilvy capitalized on that reprieve, winning the 29th hole with a conceded eagle and the next with a birdie to build a 3-uplead.

Love wasn't the only one who, before Sunday, didn't know much about Ogilvy, but he was impressed with what he saw.

"He's a very, very good player," Love said. "When he wants to hit it long, he just bombs it out there. He's got great hands and putts very well. I don't think he missed a whole lot of putts he had to make, maybe one."

Ogilvy hopes to build on this victory, rather than fade away to obscurity like previous winners Kevin Sutherland, Steve Stricker and Jeff Maggert have done.

"I still hope to go where I've always hoped to go," he said. "I've always hoped to contend in and win major championships.

"It hasn't really changed but maybe it makes me feel better about my chances after today. I made a lot of putts and some good shots when I needed to, and you can only gain confidence from that."

Ogilvy will defend his title, assuming he remains in the top 64 in the world rankings, at a different venue, because the event is moving to Tucson, Arizona, next year.

In the match for third place, Zach Johnson beat Lehman 1-up.



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