Ogilvy adds 100th NZ Open to playing schedule

The Australasian Tour is already reaping the benefits of having a major champion like Geoff Ogilvy moving back to Australia and committing to more and more ‘local’ events.

Now the 2006 US Open champion has confirmed he will compete in the 100th New Zealand Open in Queenstown from February 28-March 3.

Daniel Nisbet Defending NZ Open champion Daniel Nisbet (Credit: Photosport NZ)

At one stage Ogilvy’s ranking reached No. 3 in the world so the 41-year-old will certainly attract a following when he tees it up in just his second New Zealand Open at the revered layouts The Hills and Millbrook Resorts.

Ogilvy has made the decision to move his family home to Melbourne after two decades based in the US.

“The New Zealand Open is seen by golfers internationally as a fantastic tournament,” said Ogilvy.

“They say Queenstown is the prettiest place in the world – I’ve never been there so I can’t wait.”

“Professional golf can put you in a box and when you play in the US it’s just easier to stay there.”

“It hasn’t really been possible to compete in the New Zealand Open – but it is now and I couldn’t be more excited,” says Ogilvy.

Ogilvy has won 12 times as a professional including eight times on the US PGA Tour, culminating in his victory at the US Open in 2006.

And the Victorian star is quick to point out is isn’t heading to New Zealand just to make up the numbers.

“The older you get, the more things like National Opens take pride of place on your resume,” he said.

“Tournaments like the New Zealand Open stand the test of time.”

“I knew Peter Thomson very well – a real legend who has won this tournament many times.”

“I’ve also had the privilege to play a lot over the years with New Zealanders like Cambo [Michael Campbell] and Phil Tataurangi.”