Ogilvy has missed eight of his last nine cuts in PGA Tour events this season but today, on a golf course on which he has played well earlier in his career and in conditions which suited the way he likes to play the game, there was significant improvement.
The Victorian's round started brilliantly with a holed six-iron from 193 yards at the first and through 11 holes he was at 5 under and leading the event.
Late bogeys at the 13th and 16th put a dampener on what was otherwise a superb start, but he is well placed as the event heads into day two where he will have the advantage of a 7.20am tee time.
The leader after the opening round is 29-year-old John Peterson who in 2018 is playing on a Major Medical Exemption and has eight starts to secure $375,000 and remain exempt for the balance of the season. This is his fifth start and there has been little to show for his efforts until today.
Peterson's round was highlighted by consecutive eagles at the par-five 7th and short par-four 8th holes, one from a greenside bunker and one from 100 yards.
The American leads by two over Peter Malnati, Tyrell Hatton, Johnson Wagner, Keith Mitchell and Kyle Stanley.
Amongst the nine players tied with Ogilvy in 7th place is Rory McIlroy, who has become somewhat of a course specialist over the Quail Hollow layout having won there in 2010 and 2015 and recorded four other top tens in a total of seven starts.
Of the other Australians in the field, Jason Day is in 17th place after a round of 69, Rod Pampling, Greg Chalmers and Aaron Baddeley are at even par 71, Adam Scott shot a 75 and Ryan Ruffels battled to a 7-over 78.
Tiger Woods finished his round with an even par 71.
RULES: UNATTENDED FLAGSTICK
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