Ogilvy win adds to best Aussie season yet
It must be a record for our brown, island nation, six separate Australian winners in the one season on the PGA TOUR?
They’ll have a stat somewhere to confirm it but I can’t place any era where we’ve had more than a few winners in the one year let alone a sixth, following 37-year old Geoff Ogilvy’s long awaited return to the winner’s circle at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.
Geoff Ogilvy (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
Ogilvy has been floundering by his standards in recent years but appeared a man renewed in Reno’s rarified air, putting like the Ogilvy of old to notch an 8th Tour title and his first since 2010.
In the mid-west, Marc Leishman did his best to make it a seventh at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational being played concurrently and on current form (T5th at the Open Championship and 3rd in Akron), could do so before the next few months are out.
What odds any of our remaining ‘non-winners’ Leishman, Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers and Robert Allenby picking up a trophy before the season is out?
Players not in the PGA Championship at Valhalla this week have just one remaining event after that to extend their season by making the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Is it beyond the realms of possibility that we might consider a seventh or possibly eighth winner could be added to the list?
Regardless, the Australian title drought of recent years has most definitely broken.
Speaking of drought breaking, Rory McIlroy has returned to his absolute best with back-to-back victories at the British Open and Bridgestone and has returned to the world number one ranking ahead of Adam Scott. He’s a crushing favourite to win another PGA Championship at the Nicklaus-redesigned Valhalla layout in Louisville, Kentucky, a course that will suit his game as much as Firestone this past week.
In the back of our minds, we have to hope McIlroy is one who aims to defend his titles where he can because let’s not forget, he’s also the reigning Australian Open champion after outduelling Scott at Royal Sydney last year.
It would be beyond great to have him back to defend at another recent Nicklaus re-design, The Australian Golf Club in Sydney this November, pitting his skills against Scott, Day, Ogilvy and the remaining cast of Australian PGA TOUR winners from the 2013/14 season.
How many days left till summer?