Geoff Ogilvy playing in the Australian PGA Championships at Hyatt Coolum.
Geoff Ogilvy playing in the Australian PGA Championships at Hyatt Coolum. Nicholas Falconer

Ogilvy ready to fire

GEOFF Ogilvy says it is “probably not really fair” he has won two tournaments this year.

He took out the season-opening SBS Championship in Hawaii and added the Australian Open to his victory list last Sunday.

But it was a long time between drinks for the 33-year-old, who has been installed as a $7 favourite ahed of tomorrow’s first round of the Australian PGA Championship at the Hyatt Regency Coolum.

Ogilvy missed six cuts in one lean period and went six months without a top-10 finish before surging back into form at The Lakes.

“Last week turned it into a multiple win year, which is nice,” the 2008 Australian PGA champion said yesterday.

“Considering how I played in the middle of the year, it’s probably not really fair that I won two tournaments, but that’s the way it goes.

“To be fair, I was playing really well at the last three or four tournaments in the US.

“I found some form and if there had been some big tournaments for me to play in the last couple of months, I was pretty happy with where my game was at.”

Ogilvy was in scintillating form at the Open, carding just two bogeys to go with his 17 birdies in the final three rounds.

HE has edged out defending champion Robert Allenby as favourite for the season-ending event and says winning the coveted Open and PGA titles in the same year would sit high in his list of career achievements.

“The Australian Open’s the tournament that every Australian wants to win,” he said.

“Winning the Australian Open is definitely the best tournament you can win in Australia.

“When you look back at the end of your career, it’s going to be one you put up there with your best wins if you win a few tournaments ... it’s got the prestige.

“It’s (the PGA) the other really prestigous old tournament we have in Australia, so to have that on the resume is nice.

“Two at the end of the year would be great.”

Ogilvy, who finished tied for eighth at the Australian Masters last month, said the added expectations of being the favourite at Coolum had not altered his approach to the tournament.

“I put enough pressure on myself,” he said.

“I guess it’s a good thing. If people think I’m a chance to win a golf tournament, then obviously I’m doing something right.

“Any expectations I have I put on myself ... but it’s nice that people think you’re a good player.”

Ogilvy will tee off at 6.10am tomorrow on the back nine alongside Adam Scott and Matt Jones.


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