Date: June 10, 2009
Author: Luke Buttigieg, Sportal

Ogilvy hoping to go unnoticed

World No.5 Geoff Ogilvy is hoping to again fly under the radar when he contests next week&aposs US Open at Bethpage Black in New York. While he had won the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in 2005 and then taken out the Accenture Match Play Championship in March 2006, Ogilvy wasn&apost among those considered the leading contenders for that year&aposs US Open at Winged Foot. And even in the final round even though he led by two shots at one point, most expected Phil Mickelson to go on and claim victory, having won the US Masters twice including just two months earlier and also the 2005 US PGA Championship. But Ogilvy made successive pars at the final two holes to set the clubhouse mark at plus five and both Mickelson and Scot Colin Montgomerie collapsed with double bogeys at the 72nd hole as Ogilvy saluted by a stroke. Ogilvy concedes that he won&apost enter next week&aposs major as such an unknown, having now won six times in the United States including a second Accenture title earlier this year, but he&aposs hoping to again avoid the limelight until the final-day reckoning. “Tiger (Woods) has won his second tournament for the year (and) Phil&aposs had an up and down last month off the course so that&aposs going to be a very good story, so media attention-wise I think it won&apost be too crazy (for me),” Ogilvy said. “My own expectations have probably gone up a little bit from back in 2006, you can&apost help but have raised expectations after you win a major. So I go in there I guess considering myself more of a chance than maybe I did before.” “They&aposre (Woods and Mickelson) going to be the stories so I&aposll just go along and play the bit part and hopefully play well in the tournament and get the attention at the end of the tournament instead of the start.” Ogilvy won&apost play this week&aposs St Jude Classic, preferring to put his feet up for some &aposR and R&apos at home in Scottsdale with his family and also do a little bit of fine-tuning, having last week had his first look at Bethpage. The Victorian, who broke his duck on Australian soil last December when he won the Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt regency Coolum, had the course all but to himself as a USGA official was the only other person playing at the time. And while he didn&apost finish last weekend&aposs Memorial tournament as well as he&aposd have liked, climbing into contention with a 63 on Saturday only to derail his chances with an eight at the 14th on the way to a 75 on Sunday, Ogilvy is pleased with his form and sees parallels with 2006. “Last week was a funny one, the first few rounds I didn&apost play that great and then I had a pretty good round in the third round which was getting back to some really good form there,” he added. “Sunday I actually played ok, I just threw in a horror number on the 14th hole. All in all my form was pretty decent, that hole is a tricky hole and traditionally there&aposs always a couple of guys who mess it right up and I was one of those guys last week.” “The rest of it I was really happy with. Saturday was the best score I&aposve had on a pretty tough golf course for a while. I think I can pretty much disregard one bad hole and take quite a lot of confidence out of last week.” “I would&aposve thought that it&aposs (my form) very similar to 2006, I&aposm pretty happy with my game, I feel like I&aposm capable of playing well enough in a week&aposs time, but golf is a funny game and it comes and goes so I&aposll get there and I&aposll do the best I can this week to be ready and hopefully I get there feeling really good.”