Ogilvy Open About British Ambition

As seen on theage.com.au

Martin Blake

Sports writer for The Age

Geoff Ogilvy heads to Royal Lytham and St Anne’s Golf Club in England next week fresh from a break at home in Melbourne, and determined to find the solution to his poor British Open Championship record.

Australia’s most recent major championship winner — he triumphed in the US Open in 2006 — has played nine British Opens, missing the cut seven times, with a fifth at St Andrews in 2005 being his best finish.

For a player of his quality and experience it is a puzzling record, and one he cannot explain.

“It’s weird to me, because I played a lot of amateur golf around links courses and played really well,” he said yesterday.

“I feel like I should play well on links courses. Maybe it’s no excuses, time to go do it, I suppose.”

Ogilvy, 35, has had an unusually-long four-week break from tournament golf, spending time in Melbourne and watching his beloved St Kilda. He says he began the season in America stale from a demanding Christmas period in which he played the Presidents Cup plus the domestic tournaments.

It is the reason he has taken a break now as the tour lurches into the Open at Lytham, the PGA Championship and the PGA Tour playoffs in September.

“The game’s in place and I’m pretty enthusiastic about the game and pretty fired up but I think sometimes when you take a few weeks off you can gain that extra level of whatever that thing is in your head when you’re playing well, that relaxed confidence.”

Ogilvy said he anticipates Tiger Woods will win more major championships, although his fade-out at the US Open was a warning sign that he is “more unpredictable” than previously.

“He looks very impressive. He looks like Tiger Woods,” said the Victorian.

“Before when he got in that (US Open) mood and on top of the leaderboard at a major, 14 times he got on top of the leaderboard in a major and was never passed. I don’t know if he’s in that place any more but, wow, he’s very close to the best player in the world at the moment, and the best player in the he world who’s already won 14 majors.

“I don’t think it’ll be too suprising if he won one this year or if he started winning them this year or next. He’s got his ducks in a row now.”

The British Open starts Thursday.

Geoff Ogilvy

Geoff Ogilvy