Geoff Ogilvy was talking about winning, but not the Tour Championship.
Ogilvy was filled with nervous excitement after he posted a three-under 67 in the second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake. But it wasn’t because he’s in contention, one stroke behind the leaders Jim Furyk and Luke Donald, to win the Tour Championship.
Ogilvy is more focused on another game tonight. That would be Australian Rules Football. As a native of Melbourne, he grew up a huge fan of the St. Kilda Saints. Turns out they’re playing in the Grand Final on Saturday morning at 12:30am Atlanta time. And it bears a lot of meaning, like when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series.
“St. Kilda is the hard-luck club of the league almost,” he said. “It’s won one premiership in 140 years. They’ve been very– the 10 best ten years they’ve been one of the best teams for sure, and they just haven’t been able to get over the line. This would be — there’s a lot of people that will be crying when they walk out of the MCG if they win. I mean, there’s a lot of people who have lived their whole life and not seen St. Kilda win a premiership. It would be pretty huge.”
A year ago, on the eve of the third round of the Tour Championship, he was in the same situation, where he stayed up late before an early morning tee time to watch his beloved team. Unfortunately, they lost.
“It was a pretty depressing game last year,” said Ogilvy. “I mean, it was an epic match, low-scoring, anyone could win up to the last ten seconds kind of thing, like everyone who was watching would have been on the edge of the seat. Even if you didn’t care who won, it was an edge of the seat kind of match.”
And then on two hours of sleep, the disappointed Ogilvy shot 64 at East Lake.
“I was probably 30th after two rounds,” he said. “I came out here not even really — just trying to get to the end, play two more rounds, and you make a few birdies early and all of a sudden you get back in the tournament. It’s one of those things.”
Naturally, once again, Ogilvy is more concerned about the game than sleep.
“I think you can play golf on no sleep if you haven’t been drinking,” he said smiling. “Drinking is what makes it hard when you get no sleep. You couldn’t do it every night, you’d get tired, but we’re only semi-athletes. I mean, three or four hours, you can play golf off three or four hours of sleep.”
Exactly. (See, I told you the guy was honest and brilliant!)
And a St. Kilda victory might rev up Ogilvy for the weekend to win his own game. After all, he is playing very well. In fact, his game is such good shape that he said he wishes there were a major next week.
When presented with the option of either the Saints winning or him winning the Tour Championship, he paused to think before he laughed and said, “That’s not really a fair question. I don’t know. That’s not a fair question. I’m not going to answer that question.”
I think he actually did.