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Golf Australia Express : Issue 44
PEEK THE COVER STORY THE IT’S BEEN NEARLY two decades since an Australian has held the claret jug. Ever since Greg Norman’s win at Royal St George’s in 1993, golf’s iconic symbol of British Open dominance has become as elusive for Australians as the Artful Dodger. Speaking with Geoff Ogilvy in Melbourne on Tuesday, it seems all of that could change next week. Fresh from a four-week break and feeling physically and mentally recharged thanks to a solid month in the gym, Ogilvy said he was looking to improve on a poor Open record when he tees it up at Royal Lytham and St Annes. As Australia’s most recent major winner—the 2006 US Open—Ogilvy has missed seven of nine Open starts, but insists this year is going to be different. “It all feels really good. You never really know with golf but there’s no reason I can’t play really well next week,” he said. “I feel like my golf’s in a pretty good spot.” Part of that positivity can be attributed to having a “mid- year break” to “get the brain in a comfortable place” as he heads into a busy period with two majors in the next month and the race for the FedEx Cup in September. “You never know the best way to prepare [for The Open] but... the brain is the most important thing I think. “I’ve always played well after a break.” The last time the Victorian played Lytham was back in 2001 when American David Duval claimed his one and only major title. Ogilvy missed the weekend that year. “The moral of the story at Lytham from what I remember is keep it out of the fairway bunkers and you’ll probably do OK—which is easier said than done.” Like many others in the golf world, Ogilvy thinks Tiger Woods has again got that “intimidating” aura about him and could well clinch his fourth claret jug at Lytham. “He looks very impressive. He looks like Tiger Woods,” he said. "I feel like I should play well on links courses."
Issue 45—The British Open