Geoff Ogilvy’s season has failed to ignite after he won his opener in Hawaii in January, but the Australian is hardly worried about it ahead of his fifth US Masters campaign.
The reason being was that he has had other, more important things on his mind lately, namely wife Judi giving birth to the couple’s third child in February.
“I didn’t really kick on from a good start there – played OK, but not anything great,” he said.
“I mean, I don’t want to make excuses, but we did have a baby in the middle of February, which kind of threw
“So that, and the lack of sleep a little bit for the first few weeks, throws a different element in that wasn’t there last year at this time of the year.”
The 32-year-old from Adelaide made his big breakthrough at Winged Foot in 2006 when he kept his cool while everyone else around him was losing theirs to capture the US Open and he has been in contention at other majors since then, namely at the 2006 PGA Championship and the 2008 US Open.
But he has yet to really mount a challenge at the Masters, where his best performance to date was a tie for 15th place last year.
Ogilvy though believes there is no reason why he should not do well at Augusta National as the course reminds him of some of the Australian courses he grew up playing on back home.
“It’s like an Australian Open set-up, say, at Royal Melbourne which is similar in that if you miss it in the wrong spot on the green, you have absolutely no chance,” he said.
“You are just looking to get the chip shot on the green, which happens out here if you miss it in the wrong spot.
“If you miss it in the right spot, it’s really quite simple and I guess that’s the beauty of golf courses like these is that they invite you to try to work out where those good spots are and tempt you to learn where the bad ones are.”
Also on Ogilvy’s mind is the so-called Aussie curse that has seen his compatriots come to grief time and time again at the year’s first major, with Greg Norman the most notorious of the failures, no Aussie having ever won at Augusta.
But he sees real possibilities for the six-strong Australian contingent on hand this year comprising himself, an improving Adam Scott, Nathan Green, John Senden, Robert Allenby and Marc Leishman.
“It would not have been a surprise to me at the end of the week, if an Australian won,” he said.
“We have got three or four guys who could legitimately win the tournament and it would not be a shock.
“And it will probably remain that way until we win one. Hopefully it’s this year. It’s definitely coming. It’s imminent.”