Notes Ogilvy Leaves Frustrated Supreme Fan


2007 U.S. OpenOAKMONT, Pa. -- Geoff Ogilvy was in a much better mood when he left last year's U.S. Open.
The defending champion had another rough day Sunday, not spending nearly enough time in the fairway and shooting a 5-over 75. He finished at 19 over and was signing his scorecard before the leaders even saw the Church Pew Bunkers.
'I'm just frustrated,' he said. 'I didn't have much fun the last three days.'
The Aussie started defense of his title well, shooting a 1-over 71 in the first round that left him three strokes back and tied for fifth. He was 1 under for the tournament after his first five holes Friday.
But Ogilvy played the rest of that round 7 over and could never pull his game back together. He shot an 8-over 78 on Saturday.
'I know I don't need to practice out of the fairway bunkers. It's no use,' Ogilvy said. 'We should just add one shot and drop the ball in the fairway. ... You should be penalized for missing a shot, but it shouldn't be so black and white. I don't like the one-shot penalty that's almost guaranteed.'
The rest of his game wasn't bailing him out, either. He hit only half his fairways and greens in regulation all week, and he needed 32 putts both Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, he couldn't get any momentum going until the back nine.
His tee shot on the par-5 No. 4 Sunday landed in the rough off the left side of the fairway. He was only able to advance it about 50 yards, and it landed in even thicker rough. He hacked at the ball again, moving it another 25 yards.
He was already lying five when he reached the green, and he two-putted for a double bogey.
He almost aced the par-3 No. 6, hitting the flag stick off the tee, and he made the 15-footer for birdie. But he was in trouble off the tee again on No. 7 and two-putted for a bogey.
He finally got it going on the back nine, making three birdies in a four-hole span.
But it wasn't enough to salvage a bad week.
'It is what it is,' he said. 'I just didn't bring all my game here this week, and you need to.'
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor traded her black robe for golf khakis.
'I'm just here to enjoy it,' she said. 'It's fabulous.'
O'Connor is a golf enthusiast and was recently appointed to the U.S. Golf Association's President's Council. The advisory committee met Saturday in nearby Latrobe, Pa., so she took the opportunity to make her first trip to the U.S. Open.
She also played a round Saturday with Arnold Palmer.
Aside from the sheriff's deputy at her side, there was little to tip anyone off that the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court was in the gallery. She sat just off the walkway onto the first tee, applauding enthusiastically when fellow Stanford alum Tiger Woods arrived. She also walked the course for a bit.
Asked if she'd like to be play Oakmont Country Club, O'Connor simply smiled.
'Wouldn't want to,' she said. 'It's too hard.'
Kevin Sutherland was in the first group Sunday and chose to play alone, the first time he could ever recall doing that. He had the option of playing with a non-competing marker -- Oakmont head pro Bob Ford, in this case -- but apparently was unaware who he was.
'I don't know who it was going to be,' Sutherland said. 'They said the local pro. I don't know. I didn't care either way.'
Ford has competed in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, failing to qualify this year at sectionals. He is one of the most famous club pros in the country, working at Oakmont in the summer (where he has been since 1973) and Seminole in south Florida in the winter.
Sutherland finished his 75 with a 6-iron from 190 yards to 10 feet, which drew quite a roar.
'I think they were just happy to see someone do something on the green besides mowing it,' he said.
Lee Westwood could not have picked a better outfit for the final round at Oakmont: black pants and a bright yellow shirt, colors that define this sports-crazy area around Pittsburgh.
Not that he did it on purpose.
Westwood noticed throughout the round that fans were applauding his color coordination, only later learning that Pittsburgh is the only city in America where all major professional sports teams wear yellow and black.
'It was an accident,' he said. 'I might not have done that. I'm a Yankees fan.'
Lions and Tiger and oh, my, that really was a bear. The U.S. Open draws golf fans from the animal kingdom as well as the United Kingdom.
A mother bear and her cub wandered onto No. 7 Sunday morning after play had started, but before any golfers had reached the hole. They roamed around for a few minutes, then jumped back over a fence and disappeared into the woods that line the right side of the par 4.
Bears are a common sight in western Pennsylvania -- hunters kill about 1,000 every year -- and a few usually rumble through Oakmont Country Club.
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