But Ogilvy played the rest of that round 7 over and could never pull his game back together. He shot an 8-over 78 on Saturday.
"I know I don't need to practice out of the fairway bunkers. It's no use,'' Ogilvy said. "We should just add one shot and drop the ball in the fairway. ... You should be penalized for missing a shot, but it shouldn't be so black and white. I don't like the one-shot penalty that's almost guaranteed.''
The rest of his game wasn't bailing him out, either. He hit only half his fairways and greens in regulation all week, and he needed 32 putts both Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, he couldn't get any momentum going until the back nine, when he made three birdies in a four-hole span.
But it wasn't enough to salvage a bad week.
"It is what it is,'' he said. "I just didn't bring all my game here this week, and you need to.''
Watson tied for fifth in his second Open. Better than his $248,948 check, it earned him a spot in next year's field. The top 15 automatically qualify for 2008 at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
"I didn't know that. I'm excited now,'' Watson said. "I've got one job next year. One week, at least.''
Make that two. The top eight at the Open also qualify for the Masters. England's Nick Dougherty, who finished in a tie for seventh after a 1-over 71 Sunday, also will be making his first trip to Augusta National next year.
"I've never felt like this coming off the course before, but I'm actually delighted,'' Dougherty said. "I've done myself proud this week, and I'm extremely pleased with the progress I think I've made.''
Watson was happy with the strides he made, as well. Before this week, he was known as the guy who can hit it a mile - using a driver with a pink shaft, no less - but he also had a reputation for falling apart when the pressure was greatest.
Though he opened with a double bogey on No. 1, he played solid the rest of the way. He wound up with a 4-over 74 that left him tied with David Toms.
"If you'd told me my second major, tied for fifth, I'd have taken that and gone back to the house and watched it on TV,'' said Watson, who was a crowd favorite all week.