Australian Geoff Ogilvy walks off a green during practice for the Australian Open at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.
Australian Geoff Ogilvy walks off a green during practice for the Australian Open at the Royal Sydney Golf Club. PAUL MILLER

Open a major incentive for Aussies, says Ogilvy

GOLF: Geoff Ogilvy says the Australian Open has a special place in the hearts of local players.

"This is a major for us,” said Ogilvy, who has just returned from America for his last tournament of the calendar year.

"We probably get a bit blase about the Australian Open when we're over there, we're playing and not really thinking about it.

"But as soon as we get here ... for every Australian ... it hits me every time I get back here how important this tournament is.

"It's a major for the Australian players, I think. It'd be a great Christmas break if I could win this, the last tournament of the year, and kind of springboard off this for next year.''

The 39-year-old Ogilvy should know about how the Open compares with golf's big four. He won the 2006 US Open and was Australian Open champion in 2010.

Ogilvy (pictured) tees off with 23-year-old two-time major winner and 2015 FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth and top Australian amateur Curtis Luck tomorrow at 8.10am (AEST).

Another former Australian Open champion, Peter Senior, will be playing the tournament for the last time.

At 57, Senior says injuries have finally beaten him.

"I just can't put up with the injuries,” Senior said. "The last two years I've had everything ... shoulders, elbows, and I'm just sick of being hurt.”

After the Open, Senior will play in the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast to end a career that included four wins on the European Tour, 23 in Australia, three in Japan and one on the European Seniors Tour.


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