Ogilvy making run to get back into top 50

Associated Press Published: May 5, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Geoff Ogilvy made a bold charge Saturday and can only hope history repeats itself.

Ogilvy fell out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in six years, dropping to No. 52. It's just a number for Ogilvy, who is exempt in all the majors and the other World Golf Championship.

He took advantage of moving day with a 7-under 65 to put himself into contention — four shots back — at the Wells Fargo Championship and potentially give a big boost to his rankings.

Not that he was ever worried about slipping completely off the map.

"I've been telling anyone who'd listen that I was actually playing well, just not scoring really well and not making many putts," Ogilvy said. "But everything was coming together all right. So I'm not really surprised to play well. It's nice to finally get a good score on the board. The first two days I hit the ball really well and just didn't get the ball in the hole."

The last time he fell out of the top 50 was on Feb. 19, 2006. He responded the following week with a victory — capturing the Accenture Match Play Championship.

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HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: Third-round leader Webb Simpson said he's yet to make a "mental mistake" this week, attributing that to being a member at the Quail Hollow Club for the past 18 months.

Simpson's house is about a mile from the clubhouse.

"I made 10 (mental mistakes) last week in New Orleans, or maybe more than that," Simpson said. "I think that's where the local knowledge has helped me, especially around the greens, knowing where to miss certain shots. You just got to think really well and I've been able to do that fortunately."

Simpson also said he developed a lot of confidence heading into the weekend after outplaying playing partner Tiger Woods by 11 strokes over the first two days.

Woods missed the cut.

"It really did help," Simpson said. "I've only played with him one time at Doral, and so I think having played with him once at least, it helped me understand the crowds and people moving and all that. But it definitely did give me confidence walking away one shot out of the lead after playing with him."

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SORRY ABOUT THAT: McIlroy removed his golf glove after his tee shot at No. 18, signed it and gave it to a fan he hit with an errant shot earlier in the round.

"Yeah, I hit him in the butt," McIlroy said. "So I did sign a golf glove and said, 'Sorry.' He helped me out a little bit there. That ball was going into the trees and would have been a lot more difficult. It was nice to get a lucky break like that."

McIlroy hit an incredible drive on the par-4 16th, blistering one 377 yards down the right side of the fairway, leaving him with only 102 yards to the hole. But he finished with a bogey after three-putting from 15 feet.