Date: June 11, 2009
Author: Luke Buttigieg, Sportal

Tiger excites Ogilvy

Geoff Ogilvy says the venue for this year&aposs Australian Masters excites him just as much as the fact that world No.1 Tiger Woods will be in the field. Promotions for the November tournament at Kingston Heath in Melbourne centre around both Woods, who has won 14 career majors, and Ogilvy, who won the 2006 US Open and is a dual winner of the Accenture Match Play Championship. But the 32-year-old Victorian, who no longer has to deal with any questions about his inability to win in Australia following his maiden victory on home soil in last year&aposs Australian PGA Championship, can&apost wait to get back to the Melbourne sandbelt. “It&aposs pretty exciting, there&aposs a lot to be excited about,” Ogilvy said. “Even if you take Tiger Woods out of the equation, we&aposre going to Kingston Heath. (To) the people who want to go and play the tournament it&aposs really cool, one of the best golf courses in the world.” “I would probably go out on a limb and say it&aposs the best golf course I&aposll play a golf tournament on in 2009, so that&aposs pretty exciting.” Ogilvy also believes that the visit of arguably the greatest player in the game&aposs history, for the first time since the Presidents Cup more than a decade ago, will do wonders for the sport in Australia. “It&aposs pretty exciting, we haven&apost seen him in Australia since Presidents Cup in &apos98, so since then that&aposs 11 years,” Ogilvy added. “All the kids who are teenagers now haven&apost seen him in the flesh and he&aposs probably got 13 majors under his belt since then.” “And getting to play in the same tournament as Tiger is exciting at any time just because he adds so much atmosphere to a tournament but put that in Australia and I&aposm pretty excited about it, it&aposs pretty cool.” Ogilvy is also confident that compatriot and friend Adam Scott will work his way out of his current form slump soon, Scott having slipped to 40th in the world rankings in a season in which he&aposs made the cut four times in 10 starts and boasts just one top-10 finish. “It&aposs a very fine line on Tour between being a top-five player in the world and missing a bunch of cuts, it&aposs a lot finer line than it looks,” he said. “I think it&aposs a confidence thing and I think he&aposll (Scott) be back, he&aposs way too talented.” “He had a rough 12 months last year with illness and stuff off the golf course. He&aposs got all that sorted out now, he&aposs just got to get the confidence back and I don&apost think it will be too long, I think he&aposll be alright.” As for the performances of the likes of James Nitties, Jason Day and Marc Leishman on the US PGA Tour this year and Michael Sim on the secondary Nationwide Tour, Ogilvy has been impressed. “It seems every year we get young guys coming and playing well over here and this year&aposs probably the best we&aposve had for a while, they&aposre all good, young players and all worthy of a spot over here,” he said. “I think there&aposs less intimidation factor when they come over and play now.” “I think go back quite a long time when there was only two or three Australians on Tour it maybe seemed like a big burden to get over but now we&aposve got so many of us over here I think they seem to feel comfortable straight away and they play well straight away.” “Australians should be proud of them because it&aposs very impressive.”