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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 245
G EOFF Ogilvy became only the second Australian in history to claim the US Open after witnessing a Phil Mickelson meltdown on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot in 2006. It had been 11 years since an Australian had won a major and 25 years since David Graham made Australia’s breakthrough at America’s national championship. And although Ogilvy navigated Winged Foot better than anyone to shoot a winning 5-over, 285, he never expected he’d be the one to break the drought. “You don’t think you’re going to be the first,” Ogilvy said during his winning press conference. “You think about winning one, but it feels like when I play with all these other guys, there’s a lot of people who are better than me.” Ogilvy’s victory, while incredibly impressive, didn’t come without some luck – or at least some drama. With a one-shot lead heading up the last, Mickelson sliced his tee-shot into a hospitality tent, and despite finding a decent lie, one mistake compounded into another, and then another. The American made a heart-breaking double-bogey. “I still am in shock I did that,” Mickelson said afterwards. “I just can’t believe I did that, I am such an idiot... As a kid I dreamt of winning this tournament.” Ireland’s Padraig Harrington also finished with three consecutive bogeys to finish two shots back. Meanwhile, Ogilvy was swamped by US media and was even invited to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. E it happened this week in... 2006 • The Miami Heat defeat the Dallas Mavericks, four games to two, in the finals of the 60th NBA Championships. • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest premieres and becomes the fastest film to gross over $1 billion. • Nearly a decade has passed since the Port Arthur massacre, where 35 people were killed. • Italy defeats Australia in the second round of the FIFA World Cup after Fabio Grosso appears to dive inside the box to win a controversial penalty. Also making news this week in 2006 GEOFF OGILVY WINS THE US OPEN VIDEO: OGILVY CELEBRATES US OPEN WIN WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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