No Title For Ogilvy At PGA
U.S. Open Champion Contends, Ends
With Top-10 Finish
August 20, 2006
By Dan O'Neill
Medinah, Ill. - It wasn't a victorious week for the U.S.
Open champ, no second major to add to the cache. But it was
eventful and it all seemed to catch up with Geoff Ogilvy on
Sunday at the PGA Championship.
|Geoff Ogilvy, pictured during the fourth
round at this year's U.S. Open, found himself in second
at one point before fading Sunday at the PGA Championship.
(USGA Photo Archives)
In position to make a sneak attack at Medinah Country Club,
not unlike what he did at Winged Foot, Ogilvy could never muster
a charge. A birdie on the first hole proved to be a little more
than a tease as the 29 year old pulled into the barn with a 74 on
Sunday and tied for ninth.
Still, the week was not without substance, moments that
reinforced the notion that Ogilvy has arrived as one of the elite
players in the game, episodes that might prime the pump for
bigger things to come.
To begin with, there was the tournament within the tournament,
the three-ring circus that put him in the same threesome with
Tiger Woods and over the first two days. With all the attention
on the world's No.1- and No. 2-ranked players, Ogilvy seemed
to represent little more than an imbedded golfer.
But the Australian more than held his own, shooting scores of
69-68, tying Woods for medalist honors, soaking up every ounce of
"It can only help in the future, whether you play well or
badly in a group like that," Ogilvy said.
"Experience-wise, a lot of guys would kill for experience
like that. I'm pretty fortunate that I get to play two days
with those guys.
"One, you learn a lot by watching them play, and two, you
learn a lot how to deal with all the stuff that goes on in their
world. Their world is a bit different from my world."
Not quite as different as it once was. Ogilvy's world now
includes a major championship title. Ogilvy's world is not
nearly as tempestuous as it once was. To emulate the likes of
Woods and Mickelson, Ogilvy is learning to control his emotions,
handle adversity, keep on keepin' on.
This new-found maturity was evident on Saturday when Ogilvy
started his round with a double bogey, missing a short putt in
the process. In the past, that would have been enough to
demoralize him. But, as he did at Winged Foot, as he did through
36 holes with Woods and Mickelson, Ogilvy stayed the course. He
rallied to shoot a 68 on Saturday and climb to within three shots
of the lead.
"I might not have fallen apart and scored in the 100s (in
the past)," Ogilvy said, "but I don't know if I
would have come back as well as I did. In a major, that's a
pretty disappointing thing. You sit there all night thinking
you're in contention. You come out and watch guys firing
birdies all over the place and then you drop two shots in the
Ogilvy suffered another devastating double on Sunday. He
followed his opening-hole birdie with a bogey and a double bogey,
dropping three strokes in two holes. But again, he managed to
hold it together, shooting even par from that point in.
"I just try to look (at mistakes) objectively now rather
than subjectively," he said.
To be certain, Ogilvy was disappointed in the end. He had
hoped to put some pressure on the leaders - specifically Woods.
He hoped that a low score and the law of averages would catch up
with his early-week playing partner.
Neither happened. Woods ran his record to 12 for 12 when he
has the lead, or share of it going into the final round of a
"At some point, he's not going to win one when
he's leading," Ogilvy said. "You know, he's not
going to go his whole career, hopefully, leading after three
rounds and winning. I want to be there, in position, when that
The operative word is "hopefully."
For his part, Ogilvy now has more hope than ever that he has
both the game and the mental makeup to win more majors.
is a freelance writer whose work has appeared previously on
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