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Geoff Ogilvy's days of playing in his native Australia are numbered. You see, the Victorian-born player will be playing a full schedule stateside in 2000.
 
Ogilvy survived the six-day PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, which concluded on Monday, to earn his 2001 PGA Tour playing privileges. That means the 23-year-old will be replacing tournaments like the Ericsson Masters and Canon Challenge with the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Nissan Open.
 
With his 2001 PGA Tour card in hand, Ogilvy arrives in his birthplace of Adelaide relieved, if not refreshed. Following his tie for 14th at the PGA Tour Q-School in La Quinta, Calif., Ogilvy honored his playing commitment to the Ford South Australian Open by making the 16-hour flight back home.
 
'I was 50-50 about playing here, but after the Johnnie Walker Classic (where he finished runner-up to Tiger Woods) I knew I wanted to play in Adelaide,' said Ogilvy, who currently leads the 2001 European Tour Order of Merit following his second place finish in Thailand.
 
'I knew if I got through the U.S. Tour School I wouldn't be able to play in Australia much. I love this tournament. I love being in Adelaide for the week and I enjoy the course.'
 
Once again, there is a strong Australian contingency on hand. Joining Ogilvy are defending champion Craig Parry, two-time Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley, 1999 ANZ Players champion Brett Rumford, and Adam Scott.
 
Earlier in the week, Baddeley stated he would be the one hoisting the hardware come Sunday, to which Parry replied: 'I think he's put a bit too much pressure on himself, there a lot of good players still here and he's going to have to play well.'
 
In turn, Baddeley responded: 'Tiger says it.David Duval says it, there is no reason why I can't say it and my expectations are higher than anyone can put on me.'
 
Oddsmakers agree with Baddeley's bravado, establishing the 19-year-old as the pre-tournament favorite.
 
Last week's winner of the Australian PGA, Robert Allenby, didn't make the trip to the Kooyonga Golf Club. However, American Matt Kuchar did. Kuchar made his professional debut two weeks ago at the Australian Open.