Date: June 12, 2008
Author: John Clark

Ogilvy is confident he can beat anyone

Geoff Ogilvy&aposs 2006 US Open triumph has him playing with the confidence that he is good enough to beat any player in the world. Ogilvy is favourite to lead home the 10-strong Australian contingent at Torrey Pines when the US Open begins on Friday morning (AEST). He is also one of the top picks for the tournament behind American pair Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Ogilvy, ranked No.5 in the world, overcame a slow start to claim the WGC-CA Championship in March and also boasts five top-10 finishes for the season. But it is his win at Winged Foot two years ago that has victory a realistic aim this week. “Every major I have turned up to since then I have felt a bit more like a contender than I did before Winged Foot,” Ogilvy said. “It&aposs nice to have done it.” “I have a couple of years more experience but golf ebbs and flows. At the moment it feels pretty good.” The only issue that will have Ogilvy questioning himself on the eve of the tournament is his record at the venue for the 108th US Open. He has three missed cuts and a 67th place in four starts at the San Diego layout which hosts the Buick Open in the new-year period. “I didn&apost have too much fun here in January, I have never done any good,” Ogilvy said. “I think I am more of a warm-weather kind of guy.” “The course is, in some aspects, different to January but it&aposs not too different.” “It&aposs a little bit warmer and it&aposs going to play very long, the fairways are just as wide as we see them in January.” “The rough is thicker than sometimes but you are going to get some good lies. It&aposll be fun.” To win his second Open crown Ogilvy acknowledges Woods and Mickelson are the two to beat. But there is bound to be plenty of competition from his compatriots, according to the Adelaide-born 31-year-old. “Australian golf is pretty strong at the moment.” “We&aposve got nine or 10 guys in this field and probably five or six who are real contenders for this tournament and every other major they tee it up in.” “I think the Australian golf public are ready to see some more (major winners).”