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PGA Leonardslips past Ogilvie to take Hope



Published: Mon, January 31, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Justin Leonard shot a 67 to cap a comeback from his worst year since 1995.

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- Justin Leonard shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday to overtake the faltering Joe Ogilvie and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Leonard finished the 90-hole tournament at 28-under 332, three shots in front of Ogilvie and Tim Clark of South Africa.

Ogilvie, winless in six years on the PGA tour, shot 73. Clark shot 69.

Coming off his worst year since joining the tour full-time in 1995, former British Open champion Leonard had six birdies and one bogey in the final round at PGA West's Palmer Course.

He began the day three shots behind Ogilvie, who had been tied for the lead or alone at the top since the opening round of the five-day event.

Good vibe

Leonard missed the cut last week at Torrey Pines, but the way he finished it may have been an omen. Leonard was 2 over through 17 holes when play was stopped because of fog. Unlike a half-dozen other players who also weren't going to make the cut and withdrew, Leonard showed up Saturday morning to finish his round -- by playing one hole.

He birdied the par 5 and said that he finished because he felt it was the right thing to do, adding, "Plus, look at all the momentum I gave myself for next week."

Leonard finished in the top 10 in just three tournaments last year and dropped to 42nd on the earnings list with $1.5 million. He failed to win for only the second time since 1996, and didn't qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time since turning pro.

Early rally

Eight shots back after the third day of the Hope, Leonard made up ground with a fourth-round 64, then caught Ogilvie shortly after the final round began.

Leonard started the day by sinking a pair of birdies that drew him into a tie when Ogilvie started with a bogey and a par. Ogilvie then bogeyed No. 3 and Leonard's par put him alone at the top to stay.

Leonard played the first nine in 3-under 33, and opened a four-shot lead over Ogilvie and Clark with a birdie at No. 10. Not seriously threatened after another birdie at No. 11, Leonard turned conservative and parred the final eight holes.

Ogilvie and Clark both birdied No. 18, while Leonard tapped in for par after just missing a 10-footer.

Lonard struggles

Peter Lonard of Australia, in second place two shots behind Ogilvie to start the day, had putting problems and struggled to a 72, leaving him tied for fourth at 24 under with Loren Roberts, who has a 69.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson, who also won the title in 2002, shot himself out of contention when he hit into the water on the par-4 No. 13 and took a double bogey. His 71 left him tied for 12th at 21 under.

Craig Stadler who won the Hope in 1980 for his first PGA Tour win, shot a closing 69 to finish tied for 14th at 340.




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