Quiet confidence about Ogilvy

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 US Open | General | 14 Jun 2012

Geoff Ogilvy finished his US Open preparation today with a round of golf with fellow Australians Brendan Jones and Alistair Presnell and American Kyle Stanley and as he walked from the course there was an air of optimism as he looked ahead to the opening day’s play.

“It is obviously a very difficult layout which is par for the course for a US Open, very narrow – the greens are fantastic to putt on as normally at a US Open the greens have been stressed so much in some of these places to get the speed into them that they get a bit ropy by the end of the day but this course is in fantastic condition.

“If you find the fairways and keep the ball under the hole you will be alright which is not that difficult if you are hitting great shots every shot but as soon as you hit a bad shot and get off track it is so hard to get back on track if you do.

“It is a case of not compounding your mistakes by hitting dumb shots as mistakes will create further mistakes.

Ogilvy is quietly confident with the way he has been playing despite the results not being all that spectacular to date in 2012.

“A lot of my tournaments this year I have finished between 10th and 25th and really I feel I have played as well as I have when I have won tournaments. Hitting the ball as well and putting well but not having enough short putts. For the most part it is all going really well.

“It’s pretty hard not to be excited about these tournaments and in some ways the practice goes on too long. I would be happy if the event was starting this morning. I feel excited.”

Ogilvy took last week off to play some courses up in Oregon rather than grind away in practice or in a tournament and feels that the freshness might work in his favour.

“The first tee on Thursday can get anti-climactic if the preparation goes on too long so and it almost becomes a case of the preparation becoming the tournament so while the ideal preparation is not an exact science, this year I have chosen this path. I guess the scores will tell the story.”

Ogilvy, the winner at Winged Foot six years ago, has an afternoon tee time on day one when he will play with former winners Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera.

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