BRISBANE, Australia — Geoff Ogilvy is carrying two hats on the Australian PGA Championship, and carrying them nicely. Today, the 2006 US Open winner is at most a part-time tour participant. However you would not realize it based mostly on his two-under-par rating [68, 72] after 36 holes at Royal Queensland GC. He is eight photographs behind 36-hole chief Jason Scrivener, who leads Cameron Smith by one on the DP World Tour co-sanctioned occasion.
“It is good to be underneath [par] earlier than you are over, is not it?” Ogilvy joked to Golf Digest.
Ogilvy, who reached as excessive as No. 4 on the Official World Golf Rating in his mid-2000s prime, is doing his finest to juggle life after stepping away from taking part in the PGA Tour full-time in 2019. The 45-year-old solely performed in six tournaments this yr, most just lately on the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks in Scotland, which got here after two sponsor’s invites to the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Traditional and Barracuda Championship through the summer time. (He additionally served as an assistant captain for the Worldwide staff on the Presidents Cup.)
It is unclear what number of tournaments Ogilvy will play subsequent yr, however one factor is evident: He nonetheless enjoys competing.
“I am as much as all types of stuff today; I am making an attempt to play golf, however different stuff will get in the best way,” Ogilvy stated. “OCM is fairly busy with the golf course constructing and architectural endeavors so loads of stuff fills my time. Hopefully there will be a bit extra golf subsequent yr.”
Ogilvy is a accomplice in Ogilvy Cocking Mead (OCM), a design agency appointed as resident architects at Royal Queensland for the lead as much as the Brisbane 2032 Olympics. Brisbane will stage the Summer season Video games in a decade, following host cities of Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028). Royal Queensland has been confirmed as Brisbane’s Olympic golf course. A few of the different notable tasks OCM has in its portfolio embody the redesign of Chicago’s famed Medinah Nation Membership and Shady Oaks in Fort Price.
OCM plans to assemble a brief course on a parcel of land at Royal Queensland that sits east of Brisbane’s huge Gateway Motorway Bridge, which acts as a backdrop to the flat, links-inspired course. Apply services additionally could also be upgraded earlier than the 2032 video games.
“We are the architects right here. There’s the jap land on the opposite aspect of the bridge that the [club] can construct on now once more, and there is the entire run as much as the Olympics,” Ogilvy stated. “[The course] is in that, ‘Is there something we should always do [phase]?’ Are there any tees that ought to be moved again? Any greens or bunkers to repair? I would not say there are any wholesale modifications coming right here, however there’s going to be a good bit of consideration to the course of the subsequent 10 years.
“It is a actually good event course, and the Olympics is a golf event so I assume it will be nice. Theres lots of house for all [Olympic golf tournament infrastructure]. It’s going to be near the town. It is on the river. It is picturesque. It is a sturdy sufficient golf course. It hosts good tournaments.”
There’s one other hat Ogilvy wears, too—event organizer. Together with former pro-turned architect Mike Clayton, Ogilvy is co-creator of the Sandbelt Invitational; a novel event which is gearing up for a second version, Dec. 19-22. It is a part of the Geoff Ogilvy Basis’s idea of bringing collectively prime gamers—skilled and younger, women and men—to play a relaxed, fan-friendly event on the famed Melbourne Sandbelt. The 4 rounds can be held at Kingston Heath, Royal Melbourne (West), Yarra Yarra and Peninsula Kingswood (North).
“It is going very well; the primary version [last year] was a large success and now it has been confirmed it is again for an additional yr.”
This week, although, Ogilvy’s focus is on doing what he is at all times finished—shoot low scores in a event that includes Open Championship winner Smith, former Masters winner Adam Scott, and DP World Tour stars Min Woo Lee, Adrian Meronk, and Rasmus and Nicolai Hojgaard within the subject.
“There’s lots of actually good gamers who play each week for the time being,” he stated. “It is a actually sturdy subject. I might need to play very well, however I simply need to get within the combine and see how I’m going.”