IT was a philosophical Geoff Ogilvy who reflected on an opportunity lost at the 101st Australian Open.
The 2006 US Open winner bluntly admitted his game had been ‘exposed’ under the Sunday pressure at Royal Sydney.
The 39-year-old, who still possesses one of the smoothest actions in the game, had played his way to the top of the leaderboard through 54 holes with a brilliant Saturday 64 and was still two ahead after the 14th hole.
But disaster struck for the Victorian at 15 when what he thought was a good shot failed to find the green.
That, though, was only the beginning of the end. At the next, Ogilvy drove into the trees and his pitch out only went 10 metres forward – where it landed behind a tree that meant he had no swing.
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“16 I just kind of got hosed,” he said. “I mean I drove it crap, but it was just one of those kind of shut your eye pitch outs and it just moofed out of the grass - if moofed is a word.
“I didn’t really have my golf swing today. Putting was back to normal and… I don't know, it just didn’t feel very good, even from the start.
“It was pretty up and down, I had a couple of good holes and a couple of bad holes, and a couple of good holes and a couple of bad holes.
“15 was weird, I thought I hit a half decent shot in there and the wind just nailed it. As soon as I hit it, I thought, it’ll be right, it’ll be on the left edge and it’s kind of where you want to be there.”
Asked what he could take from the day Ogilvy was blunt in assessment.
“Hit it better,” he said. “Like, just, I don't know…get better…somehow. I didn’t have my golf swing all week really, to be fair.
“I hit the ball nicely yesterday but it wasn’t quite as sharp as it was a couple of weeks ago and it gets exposed on a day like this.
“It was a tricky day and Sunday, if you’ve got anything in there that’s not right, it gets exposed and it got exposed.”
Ogilvy said he was now looking forward to a lengthy break before returning to the US when the 2016/17 season starts again early in the year.
“I’m pretty happy to stop after that,” he said. “I’ll probably go eight weeks or something, to when the Bob Hope is, the third week in January or whatever it is.
“I’ll keep it in the club room probably till through Christmas or something and then probably start playing.
“I might play a bit of social golf a little bit but I’ll have to think about it and work out how to have a better Sunday.”
Ogilvy has used a one time only career money list exemption to play the US circuit this year and after a good showing in Las Vegas two weeks ago has made a good start to regaining his playing privileges.
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