Coming into the week of the Honda Classic, Geoff Ogilvy had not secured a spot in the field for next week’s World Golf Championships (WGC) Cadillac Championship, despite the fact that he won the event in 2008. His second place finish changed all of that, however, as he and Honda Classic winner Michael Thompson both played themselves into this week’s WGC event. They will now have the pleasure of taking on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
They qualified for the event by moving into the top 50 in the official world golf rankings. Thompson jumped from 114th to 45th and Ogilvy moved from 79th to 47th. Thompson will be making his first career WGC start, which will be on the heels of his first ever PGA Tour victory. “I think that will provide a level of comfort knowing that I’ve got job security for two more years,” Thompson said Sunday. “I get new experiences this year to play in the WGCs. That’s been a goal ever since I got out on TOUR. And to do it in this fashion is unbelievable.”
Ogilvy, on the other hand, will be taking part in his 25th WGC event. Three of those starts have resulted in victories. He did not qualify for last month’s Accenture Match Play Championship. A second place finish early in the season changes a lot of things, though.
The fluid nature of the PGA Tour is something that I really enjoy. It is refreshing to see players rewarded for their performances on a week to week basis. It gives young golfers the opportunity to make their mark on the sport while also providing a shot at redemption for those looking to resurrect their careers.