Date: January 14, 2009
Author: Ronny Lerner

Ogilvy: Break helped me

Newly crowned Mercedes-Benz Championship champion Geoff Ogilvy says a two-month break towards the end of last year was the catalyst for his current rich vein of form. Ogilvy last month took out his first tournament on home soil, winning the Australian PGA Championship, before winning in Hawaii on the weekend. He said a break in October and November after a lean trot helped his game. “You get pretty grumpy after you&aposve played on tour for a long time and all you&aposre doing is travelling, it feels like, and that wears you out,” he said. “And then you play a bit poorly for a few months like I did through July, August and September, I really needed a break.” Back in the top 10 this week, Ogilvy described it as the &aposperfect&apos start to the year. “I&aposm pretty excited because I slipped quite a long way down the rankings there … to nearly 18 or 19 by the time October and November came around,” he said. And the Australian plans to play seven tournaments before the first major of the year – The Masters – begins on April 12 at Augusta. Ogilvy will play at the Sony Open in Hawaii, the FBR Open in Arizona and the Northern Trust Open in California before participating in the Accenture Matchplay in his American base of Arizona on March 1. Ogilvy will then head to Florida for back-to-back WGC-CA Championship and Transitions Championship events before visiting Texas for the Shell Houston Open which takes place a week before The Masters. However, the 2006 US Open winner does not think he&aposll change all that much in his preparation for Augusta. “I&aposm getting better and better I think at working out how to prepare for golf tournaments, I think I&aposve got a reasonable handle on it,” he said. “It&aposs more a mental preparation than a physical one.” Ogilvy&aposs win on Monday also lifted him to second on the Presidents Cup standings and although the biennial event was still nine months away, he was having a hard time of stopping himself from thinking about it. “You play it last time and then you really enjoy it and then put it in the back of your mind and not really think about it,” he said. “But then you watch the Ryder Cup last year that fires you up about everything.” “I think everyone who&aposs potentially involved in it is thinking about it quite a lot, I&aposm thinking about it, it&aposs such a fun week and it&aposs going to be fun with Greg (Norman) being the boss (of the International team).”