The Aussie discusses his move to San Diego ahead of the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- They did it for the kids.
With temperatures hovering around 115 degrees during the summer months in Scottsdale, Geoff Ogilvy and his wife Juli joined a lot of other "Zonies" and started taking their brood, which now numbers three, to the California coast to escape the heat. The yearly vacations have ended up becoming a permanent move.
"It was originally just going to be a summer kind of se- up, but we'd be driving back over the mountains and you drive over those mountains and you go down and it's going up a degree every second almost," Ogilvy said. "And you get down to the bottom of the hill and it's 105, it's like why are we going back?
“So we eventually just decided on one of the trips back for winter, that this would be our last winter, let's just get over here soon."
The Ogilvy clan ended up settling in Del Mar, a chic San Diego suburb nestled on the Pacific Ocean about five miles from Torrey Pines. The schools are top notch, the Aussie loves the surfing in the area and the laid-back lifestyle reminds him of home.
"A lot of Australians I know say they're comfortable around here," Ogilvy said. "The trees are all Australian trees -- you stole them. ... It's a very beachy culture, which is kind of what we're used to. The climate is obviously pretty amazing. So it was a bit of a no brainer. ... Once you get here for a summer, it's hard to leave, really."
Ogilvy has found several golf courses he enjoys playing in the area. Interestingly, though, before his Tuesday practice round the last time Ogilvy played Torrey Pines was in the 2008 U.S. Open. Torrey Pines, one of the premier municipal facilities in the country, is just too crowded.
"There's lots of nice golf courses around here that don't have 50 people standing on the first tee when you lineup, which is testament of how cool the place is," Ogilvy said. "This is a pretty unique -- it's a bit like Bethpage in New York. It's the pride and joy of the town kind of thing or the city, really.
“So I don't need to come and play here too much. I mean, I've got lots of places to play much this is the place for the public to play. I'd love to play here a bit more, but I just don't get around to doing it"
Now, though, Ogilvy expects to make the Farmers Insurance Open an annual stop. He had planned to play last year but he was still on injured reserve after slicing a finger on some coral while he was in Hawaii. A stomach ailment sidelined him later in the year so Ogilvy is looking forward to getting 2012 off to a strong start.
"I'm actually quite excited because I was so broken up last year and I had a few months off, and it didn't really seem like I wasn't in contention enough, and that's kind of why I play to win tournaments and get up there on Sundays,' Ogilvy said. "I'm looking forward to a year full of those type of opportunities, I guess."
First, Geoff Ogilvy. Now, Lucas Glover. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has lost one of its marquee players for the second straight year due to a freak aquatic accident.
Glover sprained a ligament in his right knee over the weekend while paddleboarding in Hawaii. Glover, who won the Wells Fargo Championship last May, had to withdraw from Thursday's pro-am and told the Associated Press he was 50-50 at teeing it up on Friday in the first round of the PGA TOUR’s season opener.
Glover is an experienced paddleboarder. He said his foot caught on the board as he took a tumble and his body opted to go in a different direction. The disconnect had heavy consequences to the knee.
A year ago, Ogilvy, the two-time defending champion at Kapalua, sliced his finger on a coral reef prior to the start of the tournament. He had to withdraw and eventually missed the first month of the season.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Geoff Ogilvy completed an International sweep of the first four matches when he beat Bill Haas 2 up.
The point moved the International Team within three points of the U.S. at 16-13 -- but needing to win the five remaining matches to win the Presidents Cup. The Internationals led in only one of those and another was all square.
Haas actually picked up the first win of the match when he parred the fourth hole. But Ogilvy birdied the next to square the affair and then went 1 up with a par at No. 8.
Haas, who didn't make a birdie until the 17th hole, evened the match briefly when he parred No. 11. But Ogilvy, who grew up in a house adjacent to Royal Melbourne, responded with another birdie at the next and hung tough until Haas bogeyed No. 18 for the final margin.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Geoff Ogilvy can envision a golf world in which the long putter is the primary club of choice when PGA TOUR pros reach the green.
"When metal woods came along, people thought they were a bit weird," Ogilvy said Wednesday. "You look back now and it's silly that you would ever use a wood ... with the option to use metal.
"I think it's feasible if the rules stay the way they are that everybody uses one at some point. But that might take a while. We'll see."
And if it does? Ogilvy -- who calls himself the "ultimate romantic" in regards to golf traditions -- said he would be disappointed about that kind of equipment evolution.
"It's another step away from the game that's been played for 300 years," he said.
Yet Ogilvy isn't so much of a traditionalist that he wouldn't at least try out a belly putter. In fact, he already has, but he didn't like the feel of it.
"I'm not ready to make the adjustment when I don't think I have too much of an issue with my putting," Ogilvy said. "Maybe when my hands start getting the involuntary shakes, I'll try something else."
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LEMONT, Ill. -- Geoff Ogilvy can't remember ever having fewer putts during the first three rounds of any tournament.
The 75 he's used, equally parsed out over the first three days of the BMW Championship, have put the Aussie in a tie for first in that key statistical category. Ogilvy also owns first in Strokes Gained-Putting at 8.636 and the distance of putts made.
"I haven't really holed any bombs, I've just been missing a lot of greens just off the edge and been chipping pretty well and my bunker play has been pretty good," Ogilvy said. "So holing everything inside ten feet really, which whenever you look at when guys are doing well in a tournament, that's what they're doing."
Ogilvy has played so well this week at Cog Hill, which is not normally one of his favorite courses, that he'll start the final round tied for third with Bill Haas, five strokes off the lead held by Justin Rose. He's also projected inside the top 30 at No. 26, a jump of 43 spots, and could be headed to Atlanta for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with another good round on Sunday.
Ogilvy's Presidents Cup hopes appear in good shape, as well. He started the week as the International Team's bubble boy at No. 10 with the automatic qualifiers determined on Sunday after the BMW Championship is over.
Now John Senden, who is alone in second, four strokes behind Rose, could conceivably move into the top 10 with a win. But that doesn't mean he'd necessarily bump Ogilvy out given the International Team's dependence on the Official World Golf Ranking.
"I'm trying not to think about anything other than just play good golf, but it creeps into your mind every now and then," Ogilvy said. "The Presidents Cup is a pretty big deal. I would love to play Atlanta. It's much more fun to play Atlanta than not play there, so I need to have a third on its own or maybe a two way tie for third to get into Atlanta. After three rounds I'm in reasonable shape.
“If I have a good round tomorrow, I'll get both goals achieved."