Date: April 09, 2009
Author: Sportal

Ogilvy predicts Shark attack

Geoff Ogilvy believes Greg Norman has rediscovered his enthusiasm for the game and could be a contender for this week&aposs US Masters at Augusta. Norman has not played the Masters since 2002, but re-invigorated by his performance at the British Open at Royal Birkdale last year, where he finished in a tie for third, has decided to return to Augusta where he was runner-up in 1986, 1987 and 1996. Ogilvy, considered Australia&aposs leading chance to break Australia&aposs US Masters duck, said that a player of the quality of Norman, with the experience he has around Augusta, could be very dangerous. “He could contend. It&aposs a lot longer golf course than he saw before, but he was on the fringe of contending last week in Houston. And I wouldn&apost look at how he did in the last round, because that was a horribly hard day. Not many people played well on Sunday. As I said, he&aposs played here, I don&apost know, 25, 30 times, something,” Ogilvy said. “He knows the course as well as Freddie (Couples) and all of these other guys. He&aposs going to hit it to the right spots. The greens haven&apost changed. He knows all the good spots to hit it. He knows all the little funny breaks that guys don&apost know.” “He&aposs got so much history of hitting good shots around here, and as I said, you&aposre in the No.1 in the world for that long without being very wise when you play a golf course. If he brings the physical part of it, it&aposs quite feasible to me that he could be somewhat a chance starting Sunday&aposs round. Feasible, for sure.” Ogilvy said Norman&aposs presence at Augusta was great for the tournament and the sport and he was looking forward to seeing how the former world No.1 performed. “It&aposs good to see him excited about golf again. I don&apost think he was — he didn&apost seem to be excited about golf for the last few years, and the changes in his life seem to have fired him up on the golf course. It&aposs good for golf when he plays golf tournaments. Houston was a better golf tournament last week because he was there,” he said. “This is going to be a better tournament because he&aposs here. I mean, people forget, but he was the one that everybody went to see before Tiger came along. For that period of time, he was the charismatic guy that got the big crowds and was the exciting one to watch.” “So it&aposs cool to have him here, and especially a course like this where he&aposs got so much history and he&aposs had so many close calls. I&aposm glad for him that he gets another crack at it. Hopefully he does well. He has had so many Top-5s and Top-10s, I&aposm sure his experience and his wise ways around the golf course will have him in reasonable shape if he plays well.”