This is the last week to qualify for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, to be held February 20th-24th at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. The event pits the top 64 golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings against each other in a match play, elimination style event. The cutoff to make the top 64 in the world rankings is at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, currently in progress.
One player who finds himself just outside the cut line is Geoff Ogilvy, who is currently sitting at 69th in the world golf rankings. Ogilvy, the 35 year old Aussie with 11 professional wins on his resume, is a two time winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, taking home the titles in 2006 and 2009.
In 2012, Ogilvy saw his ranking start at 43rd at the start of the season and finish at 50th after a tie for fourth at the Australian PGA Championship. The highest ranking he held in 2012 was 42nd but that was also at the Deutsche Bank Championship, held over Labor Day weekend which is later in the golf season. Ogilvy struggled in his next three tournaments before making a run at the Australian PGA Championship.
Ogilvy has played in three tournaments thus far in the 2013 season, starting with a tie for 27th at the Humana Challenge in January, which dropped him to 62nd in the rankings. In the next two tournaments, the Farmers Insurance Open and Waste Management Phoenix Open, Ogilvy missed the cut. This dropped him to 67th and 69th in the world rankings after each tournament, respectively.
Ogilvy will need a big showing this week at Pebble Beach to have any hope of cracking the top 64 and getting a spot in the Match Play Championship. As of this writing, Ogilvy was mid-way through his second round at Pebble Beach and hanging around even par after shooting a one over par 73 in round one. It looks as if Ogilvy will be fighting for another cut as opposed to a possible title this weekend and that is not going to get him where he wants or needs to be when the new rankings are released on Monday.