BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods is not the only former U.S. Open champion slowed by injuries this year but unlike the three-time winner Geoff Ogilvy worked his way off the DL in time to play the season’s second major.
Ogilvy has been slowed by a left shoulder injury since the Masters and withdrew from The Players Championship when the pain became unbearable. Nearly a month of rest helped the injury and the 2006 U.S. Open champion played last week in Memphis in what was best described as a rehab start.
“Playing all four days in Memphis was key,” said Ogilvy’s swing coach Dale Lynch. “The thing is he’s hitting it better than he ever has.”
Lynch said the Australian’s shoulder became sore on Saturday in Memphis, where he tied for 66th, and he didn’t play a practice round on Monday at Congressional. By Tuesday, however, he was pain-free and played 18 holes on the Blue Course.