OK, so Geoff Ogilvy didn’t exactly say this week that it’s easier to go low at the U.S. Open than the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, but he did offer an unusual take on the majors, typically four of the season’s most taxing tournaments.
“Whatever anyone else says, there’s a part of a major that’s slightly easier than a regular tournament because so many people aren’t really comfortable playing them so maybe people don't quite play as well as would in a normal tournament,” Ogilvy said in Melbourne, where he is home preparing for the Australian majors.
“I’m not saying they’re easy to win but there’s a bunch in a field in a major that isn’t quite comfortable when they’re playing in it.
“It always seems to be the same 20 guys who pop up on top of a major leaderboard.”
It’s an intriguing theory from the ever-intriguing Ogilvy, with one inherent flaw: Ogilvy. If the Aussie truly finds majors easier than regular events, he hasn’t exactly proved it. Though he won the 2006 U.S. Open, looking unflappable at Winged Foot, his overall major record is shaky. Ogilvy has consistently showed up at the PGA, with three top-10 finishes in the last four years, but has never finished in the top 15 at the Masters and at the last two British Opens he missed the cut.
Hardly sounds like a comfort zone.