Ogilvy out to push on

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Published 15/03/2011 17:14:30
 

Australian Geoff Ogilvy has a consistent if unspectacular record in the US Masters, and the 2006 US Open champion will be desperate to build on his previous decent performances at Augusta and push on up the leader-board this year. In his five appearances at the Masters, the Aussie has racked up top-40 finishes every year, his best a tied 15th place in 2009. While Ogilvy won't be a part of the group of players expected to mount a genuine challenge next month, the Aussie shouldn't be written off and has shown in the past his ability to win big tournaments.

 

The 30-year old has continued the momentum he gathered during an impressive 2010, into this season and has started the new year in good form. As well as winning the SBS Championship last year, Ogilvy was also in scintillating form during the end of season Aussie Triple Crown events. While his game was in a good place, there is a slight worry that the 33-year old hasn't managed to win outside Australia since last June and the US Masters odds indicate he could struggle at the major.

 

Ogilvy never really got the praise he deserved when he became the first Aussie to win a major in over a decade, and that has probably held his career back in the years since that US Open triumph. The lack of recognition was probably down to the shear surprise that Ogilvy won the tournament, Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie managing to throw away their chances of a play-off by double-bogeying the 18th.

 

Winning the US Open only a year after picking up his first PGA Tour title showed just how much talent the Aussie has. Ogilvy has recorded top-10 finishes in the other three majors and the Masters remains his elusive unicorn. There is an argument that says Ogilvy's left-to-right game isn't suited to the unforgiving Augusta course and the US Masters odds 2011 reflect this.

 

The fact is though, winning a second major is always a bit easier than winning a first. As well has his major, Ogilvy has notched up three WGC titles to show his Open triumph was no fluke.

 

Ogilvy has shown he can handle the pressure of going into the Sunday in contention and only a handful of current players can say that.





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