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OGILVY GETS HIS MATCH: Geoff Ogilvy missed out on the Match Play Championship in Arizona when he plunged in the world ranking, a tough blow for a guy who has won the event twice and reached the championship match another time.

But he won’t be shut out from his favorite format.

Ogilvy was on the charter from Sawgrass to Bulgaria to take part in the World Match Play Championship that starts this week. His agent called him a few weeks ago to make sure he had no plans to play the Byron Nelson Championship and to let him know he might get in the Match Play.

“It wasn’t even on my radar,” Ogilvy said after missing the cut at The Players Championship.

Ian Poulter is the defending champion in a 24-man field that includes Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson. There are eight groups of three players who play a round-robin format with the top two advancing to single elimination.

“It’s a good format for me, probably _ hopefully,” said Ogilvy, who is having a year to forget. He not only failed to qualify for the Match Play in Arizona, he narrowly missed out on the Masters. He already has missed seven cuts this year. Match play is his favorite format, so maybe this can shake things up for him.

“Besides, when am I ever going to go to Bulgaria again,” Ogilvy said. “And it’s a match play tournament. And they’re getting us there easily. And I wasn’t going to play Dallas, anyway. Why not at this point?”


DIVOTS: Jimmy Walker has made 22 consecutive cuts, the longest active streak on the PGA Tour and only 120 tournaments short of Tiger Woods’ record. … Sandy Dawson of Australia, former captain and now president of Royal Sydney Golf Club, has been appointed captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews for 2013-14. He is only the second Australian appointed to the post. … Ernie Ransom, president of Pine Valley Golf Club from 1977 through 2001, died last week at age 86. … Phil Mickelson has confirmed that he will return to the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, a week before the British Open. … The European Tour returns to Denmark next year for the first time since 2003. The name of the tournament is “Made in Denmark.”


STAT OF THE WEEK: For the second time in his career, Tiger Woods won his last tournament before the Masters and his first tournament after the Masters.


FINAL WORD: “Nobody has ever sued the tour for being cleared of getting a drug violation.” _ Padraig Harrington on Vijay Singh’s lawsuit