Ogilvy chases top spot

GEOFF Ogilvy hopes he can go one better after losing last year's Australian PGA Championship in a drama-charged playoff to popular Queenslander Peter Senior.

Ogilvy, who won his first 72-hole tournament on home soil at the 2008 Australian PGA around Coolum, appeared destined to have his name engraved a second time on the Joe Kirkwood Cup, until a birdie on the 72nd hole of the rain-hit tournament by veteran Senior forced the showdown into a sudden-death playoff.

Unfortunately for Ogilvy, a three-putt on the second playoff hole handed the title to Senior in a rare Monday morning finish.

"I don't mind losing in a playoff, but three-putting isn't much fun," Ogilvy said.

Like many of his colleagues, Ogilvy relishes the end-of-year sojourn to the Sunshine Coast with his family.

As a professional Ogilvy is all business on the golf course, but also enjoys every aspect of the ambiance and environment at the Hyatt Regency Coolum.

He can often be seen unloading his young family from a golf cart at the resort's Village Square around dinner time, soaking up the relaxed party atmosphere that makes the tournament unique and so appealing to players.

"Many of us have been coming to Coolum at this time of year for a long time and it is always something to look forward to," he said.

Although relatively young for a golfer at 34, Ogilvy's achievements have deservedly earned him status as a senior statesman of Australian tournament players.

Endowed with knowledge and respect for the history and tradition of the game, Ogilvy's win in the 2006 US Open was a major milestone and set up his career.

A seven-time winner on the US Tour, Ogilvy is a staunch supporter of golf in his home country and is current holder of the Von Nida Trophy as winner of last season's Australasian PGA Tour order of merit.

Ogilvy's equal fourth placing at this year's US Masters went a long way to erasing an injury hit start to 2011.

Despite an interrupted year on the US Tour, Ogilvy finished 43rd on the money list.

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