US Open Champion ready for Aussie Open

BY David Collinge | Australasian PGA Tour | 2006 Australian Open | General | 14 Nov 2006
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A tanned and relaxed looking Geoff Ogilvy quietly slipped into Sydney to contest the Australian Open to be played at Royal Sydney this week. Speaking at a press conference at Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park hotel last night, the reigning US Open Champion was full of enthusiasm in playing in the national championship in front of a home crowd.

Having only played for the first time in a couple of months after an extended layoff, Ogilvy will be hoping that he has managed to dust off the cobwebs before he meets players like defending champion Robert Allenby, Greg Norman, and Adam Scott.

“Adam is without doubt the world number 3 in golf at the moment.” Ogilvy said. “All up it’s probably one of the strongest fields there’s ever been at an Australian Open.”

Asked if he his preparation had been sufficient, Ogilvy declared himself ’ready to play’ and was frank as to his ambitions this week.

“I’ve always wanted to win the Australian Open. There may be tournaments around the world that would do more for your career, but there’s something pretty special about your own national Open.”

Reflecting on his year in 2006, Ogilvy commented that he was satisfied with his successes, that included the US Open and the World Match Play title. Ogilvy would end the USPGA Tour number five on the money list.

His star status has brought other changes. Ogilvy will spend time with the recently announced 2007 Golf Australia National Squad this week, imparting to them some insights from an Australian golfer who has truly made it big time on the international scene. Many were at today’s media briefing, some already with starts in the Open.

Discussing the Royal Sydney layout, Ogilvy said he likes the course, and has played well on the Royal Sydney layout previously and holds fond memories of playing a round with Greg Norman in the Open of 1999. Ogilvy finished T10 that year and no doubt he will be looking to further that this year.

On Thursday, Ogilvy will tee of from the 10th tee at 7.40am with two time winner of the Australian Open Aaron Baddeley and Bob Estes, multiple PGA Tour winner from the USA. It’s clear the US Open winner is not being complacent this week and will be a force to be reckoned with once the Championship gets under way proper on Thursday.

Photo – David Collinge

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