Geoff Ogilvy achieved a 26-year old long dream of capturing the Australian Open title when the 33-year-old from Melbourne cruised to an emphatic victory in Sydney yesterday.
Ever since he witnessed Tom Watson’s 1984 success at Royal Melbourne, Ogilvy has longed for the day to also be handed the gleaming Stonehaven Trophy.
Ogilvy could not have wished for a better scenario than walking up the final hole of The Lakes course enjoying a four-stroke cushion.
He calmly two-putted for a par in carding a three-under par 69 to win with a 19-under par total from fellow Australians Alistair Presnell (67) and Matt Jones (68) on 15-under par.
His four-round tally of 269, earning him a check for A$263,414 (US$257,013), was the lowest in 22-years since American Mark Calcavecchia won the 1988 Australian Open at Royal Sydney.