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21 February 2024

Aussie in driving seat for success


By Reuters

Geoff Ogilvy has made a triumphant start to the PGA Tour for a second year in a row, only this time the Australian wants to ensure he remains on an even keel for the rest of the season.

Twelve months ago, victory at the Tour's opening event in Kapalua was followed by another success at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship before he lost his bearings because of too much practice.

"I've got an awareness of where I kind of went a bit astray last year," said Ogilvy after winning the season-opening SBS Championship by one shot on Sunday.

"I never started as well as I did last year and this year it looks like I have started pretty well again too. Hopefully, I will sit down and not make the mistakes like I did last year.

"I forced it a little bit when the game went a bit awry, instead of waiting for it to come back," said Ogilvy, who clinched his seventh PGA Tour victory with a sparkling six-under-par 67 at the Plantation Course.

"So hopefully I can just be patient and if I have a bad few weeks there, just let it come back. Last year, I hit a few more balls and practised harder. I chased it too hard as opposed to getting it to come back." Asked how good he thought he could become as a player, the 2006 US Open champion replied: "I don't know. When it's good, it's really good. I'm not concerned about how good I can be when I'm actually playing well, because I can hang with most guys.

"I haven't shown that I could do well when maybe my game is a little off. That's the sign of a really great player. Tiger [Woods] has made a career out of winning tournaments.

"He has won a lot by 10 [shots], but he has won tournaments in the past that he shouldn't have. He found a way to win. I need to get to that sort of point, and I think I can."


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