HUMBLE, Texas -- A trip to the Masters wasn't meant to be for Geoff Ogilvy, though not from a lack of effort.
Starting with the Humana Challenge, he played 10 tournaments out of 11 weeks in a bid to get into the top 50 in world rankings by the end of the Shell Houston Open. The only week he missed was the Accenture Match Play Championship because he didn't qualify.
A question arose last week, after Ogilvy missed the cut for the fifth time this year, about whether he would have been better off not playing the last two weeks.
Turns out he made the right call.
If he had not played Bay Hill or the Houston Open, Ogilvy would have had only 50 tournaments count against his record and his average points would have been 2.31. He would have been projected at No. 50 in the world after Houston, instead of being projected at No. 53.
Ogilvy would have taken the risk, however, that no one would play well enough to move past him.
Henrik Stenson tied for second in the Houston Open. Marcel Siem won the Hassan II Trophy on the European Tour. Both would have kept Ogilvy out of the top 50. In the case of Siem, he still didn't get in. The German was No. 51 by a 0.025 points average behind Russell Henley.