Ogilvy cruises to Australian Open title

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NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia -- Geoff Ogilvy posted a three- under 69 on Sunday and cruised to victory at the Australian Open, his first victory at his national Open.

"This is the real special one in Australian golf, this is the jewel," said Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion. "This is right up there."

Ogilvy finished the tournament at 19-under 269 and won by four strokes over Matt Jones, who had a valiant four-under 68 on Sunday, and Alistair Presnell, who shot a 67.

Armed with a five-shot lead at the start of the final round, Ogilvy played safely and saved big pars on the front side.

"It's an odd feeling having a large lead on the first tee," acknowledged Ogilvy. "Today was probably the day I struggled the most with my game. Today I was least comfortable. The ball just wasn't going quite where I wanted it to go."

Ogilvy won the season-opening SBS Championship on the PGA Tour, but did very little else the rest of the way. He recorded only one other top 10 in 2010, a share of second almost eight months to the day later at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

"No year you win in the U.S. is a bad year but when it's the first week and you don't play very well for the next six or seven months - I didn't enjoy golf that much this year, just because of how I was playing," he admitted.

John Senden (69) and Jordan Sherratt (67) shared fourth at 12-under 276, while David Oh (69), Bronson La'Cassie (69) and Greg Chalmers (71) tied for sixth at minus-11.

Greg Norman, the International Presidents Cup captain, had an even-par 72 and shared 32nd place at minus-three. His American counterpart, Fred Couples, missed the cut.


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