Ogilvy to Resurface at Hoylake

By Brian HewittJune 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
Geoff Ogilvy is taking a month off from tournament golf. The freshly-minted U.S. Open champion, his management company says, wont play for pay again until the Open Championship which begins July 20 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in England.
 
Thats a break of exactly 31 days. Ogilvy has won twice this year. His wife, Juli, is pregnant with the couples first child. The due date is October 13.
 
And when you consider the hectic nature of his schedule the week after outlasting Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie, among others, at Winged Foot, its safe to say Ogilvy has earned his break.
 
Sources close to Ogilvy say his next appearance in the States wont be until early August at the Buick Open. Currently he is back in his native country of Australia relaxing.
 
The highlights of his schedule for the rest of the year include the PGA Championship at Medinah near Chicago in mid-August, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational one week later and the Tour Championship in early November.
 
Ogilvy has also committed to playing the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the Australian Open later in the year. If asked, I am told, he will also accept the invitation to play in Tiger Woods Target World Challenge in mid-December.
 
The 29-year-old Ogilvy, who won the WGC-Accenture Match Play in California way back in February, has recently rocketed to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings, one slot ahead of Sergio Garcia.
 
His handlers say he has no immediate interest in cashing in on the multifarious money-making opportunities that follow winning a major championship. Geoffs not going to sprint around the world to make a quick buck, said Jens Beck of Arizona-based Pro-Sport Management. Ogilvy lists two residences'Melbourne, Australia and Scottsdale, Az.--in the PGA Tour media guide.
 
The day after winning the U.S. Open, Ogilvy made the media rounds in the New York City area. One-on-one interviews included ESPN, CNN, Fox Sports, Fox News, the New York Times and Channels 7, 9, 10 back in Australia.
 
A private jet whisked him back to Scottsdale that night where he and Juli barely had to time to unpack and repack before getting back on planes that got them to Australia (after losing a day crossing the International Dateline) on Thursday.
 
The Aussie press met them at the airport for another round of questions. Early this week there was a reception thrown by the Governor of the Australian state of Victoria. And yes, in case you were wondering, Greg Norman called and offered his congratulations.
 
Norman never won a U.S. Open. And Ogilvys victory at Winged Foot was the first for an Australian in a major championship since Steve Elkington won the PGA at Riviera in 1995.
 
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.