Date: May 07, 2012

Grant Report – Ogilvy Remains Positive

Victorian Geoff Ogilvy remains convinced he is playing well despite mediocre results this year on the US PGA Tour.

Ogilvy was boosted by a third round 65 in the Wells Fargo tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina and refuses to be downcast after closing with a 75.

He eventually finished tied for 21st at seven under the card and seven shots astray of 23-year-old American Rickie Fowler, who claimed his maiden tournament after a three-way play-off.

Jason Day was the best of the Australians after claiming a share of ninth while John Senden tied for 15th.

After his Saturday 65, however, Ogilvy insisted his game remained in a good state.

"I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that I was actually playing pretty well, just not scoring really well, not making many putts, but everything was kind of coming together all right," Ogilvy said.

"I’m not really surprised to play well today. Nice to finally get a score on the board. As I said, the first two days I hit the ball really well and just didn’t get the ball to go in the hole.

"Today I hit the ball really well again and got the ball to go in the hole. It’s a lot more fun when the ball is going in the hole. Hopefully I can continue hitting the ball well and…then go on for the rest of the year.

"I know this is the midpoint of the year, but it doesn’t feel like it. There’s still more big tournaments to come than have passed. One or two great weeks can make a year, and there’s three or four of those sort of weeks coming up. If I can keep this sort of form going, hopefully I can have a good summer."

Ogilvy admitted though that he had been over-thinking on the greens.

"I guess I’ve been too in my head about it probably," he said.

"I’ve never been the best putter on tour, but I’ve always been quite sound, I think, consistently decent, especially inside 10 feet. I missed a bunch of those the first two days. Really the first two days I haven’t holed many of them. I guess I just made a conscious effort to stop trying, if you like, get out of my head a little bit, just roll the ball.

"You go along so long with 10 different swing thoughts that you just start believing that that’s actually what’s supposed to go on in your head when you putt, but I just tried to get a little bit more serene is, make I only had five swing thoughts, putting thoughts, as opposed to 10, but tried to minimize the chatter and the interference, if you like.

"After the first two days I missed everything, it felt like. I hit 31 greens the first two days and didn’t really have much to show for it, so it was nice to hole a few today.

"I didn’t hole any bombs but I holed the ones you like to hole, the 10- and 12-footers and stuff. I hit some really good shots.

"My first two shots on every hole on the first two days were really good, I just didn’t make any putts, so I knew I was playing well.

"I kept hitting the ball close, at some point golf turns on you and you start holing some putts, and I started holing some putts."