Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thomson Lets Secret out of the Bag about Golf's Forgotten Man; Geoff Ogilvy May Be a Major Winner but He Is Rarely the Centre of Attention

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thomson Lets Secret out of the Bag about Golf's Forgotten Man; Geoff Ogilvy May Be a Major Winner but He Is Rarely the Centre of Attention

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Byline: IAN CHADBAND

FOR a bloke who had been effortlessly ducking beneath the celebrity radar here at Hoylake, Geoff Ogilvy may have had cause to curse his Australian compatriot, Peter Thomson, when the great man suddenly halted his gentle reminiscing about his triumph of half-a-century ago and hooked one into leftfield.

The 76-year-old five-times Open champion said: "I want to say something. I'm sort of astonished by the lack of attention given to Geoff Ogilvy.

"He's a guy who's top of the rankings in the US this year, the top dog who's won the two biggest events on their programme, the US Open and the WGC Matchplay. He ought almost to be favourite to win here but he's 50-1 for God's sake! That's ridiculous.

"Ogilvy has the best chance of anyone here. He showed at the US Open that he was better than [Phil] Mickelson, who made a dreadful mess of that last hole, and he deserves to be thought of a bit more.

"But, you see, since he won the US Open he's been back home reflecting with his family, so he's been kind of a sleeper."

Apart from reminding us all to rush off and seek out the nearest bookie immediately as he set off this afternoon on his quest to become only the seventh golfer in history to achieve the US Open-Open "double" in the same year, this well-meaning trumpeting of Ogilvy by Australia's greatest golfer won't necessarily have been welcomed from a bloke who comes over as if he'd rather his cover wasn't blown.

There was a great moment here this week when he was coming off the course with his pal Adam Scott and the autograph hunters all seemed to make a beeline for the younger, better-looking one who's long been tipped as the next Aussie superstar. Few seemed to realise the smiling bloke next to him had just become the country's first major winner for 11 years, following Thomson, Jim Ferrier, Kel Nagle, David Graham, Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, Wayne Grady and Steve Elkington.

Yet this is exactly the way Ogilvy would want it. No fuss, no limelight, no profile. Somehow, his anonymous presence here echoes how he flew home to Victoria after his triumph at Winged Foot only for a nation to immediately make rather more of a fuss about the Socceroos' exploits against Croatia in the World Cup. …

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