TULSA, Okla. -- Geoff Ogilvy (right) was admittedly miffed after bogeying 17 and 18 to lose a firm grasp on second place and a Saturday pairing with Tiger Woods. He wasn't too crazy about the implied inevitability of another Woods' victory either.
"Not that ominous,'' was his response when asked about Woods' two-shot lead heading into the weekend. "I mean he's just a good player. He does pretty well when he leads off for two rounds and even better when he leads after three rounds. So I guess that is kind of ominous. But at some point he's not going to win.''
Tiger Woods' 35-foot bomb for par on the dangerous 12th hole wasn't the only momentum saver among the leaders Friday. Stephen Ames holed a chip for par at 16 to remain two-under. Even though he bogeyed 18 for a 69, he's still within shouting distance of Woods at 137 -- three shots back.
"Putting is the difference this week for me,'' he said. "We've changed a couple things this week, and it's worked nicely.''
Ames had 28 putts on Thursday and Friday.
Home turf favorite Scott Verplank couldn't help but needle one of the more pedestrian questioners during his post-round session with the media Friday.
Question -- "I wouldn't think that you are commuting back and forth from Edmond (Verplank lives in Edmond, Okla.) this week-or maybe you are."
Answer -- "No, I'm not commuting. I lost a rotor on my helicopter. So I was going to do that, but one of the blades broke. Sorry, it's in the shop.''
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