Thanks to the low round of the day, Geoff Ogilvy is hanging around the top of the Wells Fargo Championships leader board.
Ogilvy is in a three-way tie for eighth, 10-under par for the tournament after his seven-under 65 during Saturdays third round at Quail Hollow Club. Above Ogilvy, George McNeill and John Senden are among seven golfers bunched within three strokes of each other.
It was a rewarding day for Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open and whose best finish at Quail Hollow was a tie for 10th in 2004. His best performance this year, however, has been a tie for 16th at the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Ive been telling anyone who would listen that I was actually playing pretty well, just not scoring well, not making many putts, said Ogilvy. But everything was kind of coming together all right. So Im not surprised to play well (Saturday).
Ogilvys game has changed for the better after a little tinkering removed a block from his swing. The block, Ogilvy said, kept his drives to the right and removed the left side of fairways from his game.
That came into play Saturday on the par-4 16th, where Ogilvys 301-yard drive sailed left and into the pine straw. He recovered nicely, hitting his second shot to the fringe in front of the green. After chipping past the hole by 13 feet, he made the putt for a par.
For 10 years, Ive hit the ball to the middle of that fairway only because I could aim it left, said Ogilvy. I could never square the club enough to hit it left.
Now its brought in a miss that I never had before and its going to take lots more play to get used to it. Maybe I should aim it up the right side and try to hit sort of a draw. I never would have done that before because it would have gone way right.
Ogilvy went left again on the 18th hole into the creek that runs alongside the fairway. He took a drop and penalty from there and ended up with the only bogey of his round. He had eight birdies.
Ogilvys putting has also become more efficient this week. Hes improved from 33 putts in Thursdays first round to 30 Friday and 25 Saturday.
I guess Ive been too much in my head about (putting) probably, said Ogilvy. Ive never been the best putter on tour, but Ive been quite sound. The first two days I havent holed them. You go so long with 10 different swing thoughts that you just start believing thats actually whats supposed to go in your head when you putt.
I just tried to get a little bit more serene tried to minimize the chatter and interference, if you like.
Ogilvy hopes that makes a difference for him Sunday.
Its always nice to come off a nice one Sunday morning, he said, because youve seen the putts go in and hopefully I can do it again.