Geoff Ogilvy, 2006 U.S. Open champion and one of the most insightful minds in golf, hopped on a podcast with Sports Illustrated senior writer Alan Shipnuck on the eve of Rory McIlroy’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play victory.
Ogilvy talked about everything from Tiger Woods to Jordan Spieth to what it’s like for a tour player to watch a tournament for which he has failed to qualify. Among the highlights of the nearly 40-minute podcast are Ogilvy’s thoughts on Tiger’s progress since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in February, along with the reaction other tour players had to Tiger’s short game woes.
“[Woods] has gotten a little bit intoxicated by the technical side of the game,” said Ogilvy. “It’s a natural progression the way he headed, but he didn’t learn the game the way he’s going about it right now. But saying that, he looked a lot better at the Masters this year.
“When he walked off at Torrey, most guys thought, ‘Well, Tiger Woods could be over as we know it.’ There were guys walking around the locker room between Torrey and the Masters saying, ‘I don’t think Tiger will ever play again.’ Guys were worried, legitimately worried. They felt bad for him because everybody knows it can happen to them.”
In addition to assessing the 14-time major champion, Ogilvy talked about Spieth’s recent Masters victory.
“He has such an incredible golf IQ. He players in such a well managed, objective, smart way,” said Ogilvy. “On top of the fact that he’s probably putting as well as anyone’s ever putted at the moment.”
When asked who he thought is the best player in the world, Ogilvy described the different ways to measure “best.”
“There are two ways to describe the best player in the world: whose best is the best, or who plays the best all the time.”
So who does the Aussie think is currently the world’s best? Check out the podcast below for the answer and a whole lot more.