Ogilvy to Resurface at Hoylake


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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