One little miss that cost him the outright lead Thursday sure wasn’t going to spoil his day.
On greens that were fast and pure despite two rain delays at Muirfield Village, Ogilvy made eight birdie putts to take the lead, only to fall into a three-way tie when he stepped over a 30-inch par putt and watched it spin out of the cup on his 17th hole.
No matter. He still shot a 7-under 65 and shared the lead with 21-year-old Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose, who made most of his birdies after the 2-hour rain delay in the morning.
“I putted very well,” Ogilvy said with a wry smile before adding, “except for one little blip.”
They were two shots ahead of a large group that included Phil Mickelson at 67. That group includes former New Mexico Lobo Michael Letzig. Another former Lobo, Spencer Levin, is in a six-way tie for ninth after shooting a 4-under 68.
Levin is ranked 50th for the FedEx Cup with 467 points and has earned $578,173 on tour this season. Letzig ranks 150th with 152 points and has earned $168,556.
Mickelson can go to No. 1 in the world with a victory on the course Jack Nicklaus built, as long as Tiger Woods isn’t among the top four.
Woods, the defending champion, will be playing again today with the cut in question.
He looked ordinary through most of the afternoon, failing to make birdie on any of the par 5s in a round of 72. Beyond a few errant tee shots, he was off by 30 to 40 feet with wedges on several holes.
“They’re perfect sand wedge numbers, but I can’t hit a sand wedge because it’s going to rip (spin),” Woods said.