Despite current form, life is good for Geoff Ogilvy
Two rounds over par for a missed cut are not exactly what the “forgotten” Aussie Geoff Ogilvy was looking for at Oakmont last weekend.
And after admitting he is in something of a form slump, the lanky Victorian was still able to leave the US Open feeling he was making some progress, despite rounds of 71-76 to miss the weekend’s play.
Geoff Ogilvy holds the Barracuda Championship trophy in 2014 after securing his first title since 2010 (Credit: Getty Images)
With almost $40m in career earnings on the US Tour, the man who beat off Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie to win the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, is comfortable with where he sits as he approaches his 40th birthday.
After all, Ogilvy is equal with Jason Day and Adam Scott in the number of major championships in his CV.
And further “digging” reveals he is now 29th on the all-time money list on the US; and has won more PGA Tour events than higher-profile players like former world number one, Luke Donald and crowd favourite, John Daly.
And in a 20-year professional career Ogilvy has missed just five of the past 45 majors.
“I feel like I have quite a lot of good golf left, to be fair,” he told a media conference at Oakmont last week.
“This ‘down’ patch has been longer then I would have ever thought I could have a down patch for, I thought I’d pipe some good ones in there somewhere.”
“And this year has been a bit of a disaster really…but it has always felt like it’s getting there.”
Actually Ogilvy’s life has never been more settled: His course design business is gaining momentum, there’s money in the bank and three kids at home, meaning he probably doesn’t play quite as often as he has in the past.
But his love for the game has certainly not diminished:
“I don’t think it’s a motivation thing, it’s almost an enjoyment thing,” he said.
“When you play rough for a while and you’re not having good scores, it’s not fun.”
“And if you do that for long enough you just start wondering what you’re doing here.”
“You’re just miserable. You just want to go home because you’d rather be hanging out with the kids and doing all that stuff. But right now I’m content to play golf.”
“I’m a bit more tranquil. I guess I am in a better head space.”
Incidentally in the list of all-time earners on the US PGA Tour, Adam Scott leads the way with $58,896,339 which has him in seventh spot.
Jason Day is already up to 18th with $44,332,560; Stuart Appleby is 28th with $39,758,057 and Ogilvy sits in 29th spot with $39,660,770.
Greg Norman? He’s back there in 99th spot with earnings of $19,671,951, indicative of the smaller purse sizes in the pre-Tiger Woods era.