Geoff Ogilvy US Masters Golfers

Australian Geoff Ogilvy made golfing history with his awesome victory at the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot. Although many believe he won by default because of the silly shot Phil Mickelson played to drop out of the tournament, the 30-year-old claims that it really doesn’t matter how you win, it is the fact that you have won!
The young man finished his round with a real flourish, making unlikely pars on each of the last two holes. He holed a magnificent 30-foot chip shot at the 17th, and then got up and down at the 18th for par. Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie only needed par on the final hole to win or bogeys to force a playoff with Ogilvy. Both players produced double bogeys handing Ogilvy the dramatic win.
Geoff Ogilvy, US Masters golfer, first turned professional in May 1998 but opted to join the cheaper European Tour initially. In his second season he had some success and finished 48th on the tour. In 2001 he joined the US-based PGA Tour and finished in the top 100 in each of his first five seasons.
His early years on the European Tour were some of his best. “The PGA Tour sorely misses that sort of atmosphere [of the European Tour]. I hear that the Nationwide Tour has it, but this one [the PGA Tour] doesn’t. There’s too much money out there. In Europe they all travel together. It’s like a family, really. Or a circus,” he said.
Ogilvy has a particular love of the Augusta National and the Masters. When asked about the criticism Augusta has been getting in recent years for lengthening the course, changing the grass and generally making it more difficult to play, he said, “For 60 years not a bad word was said about the place, but for the last five a lot of very important people have been very critical, which is a shame. That course isn’t a national treasure, it’s a world treasure. It needs to be preserved. And I hope it will be from now on.”
His best results at the Majors:

  • US Masters – T16 in 2006
  • US Open – winner in 2006
  • British Open – T5 in 2005
  • PGA Championships – T6 in 2005 & 2007