Ogilvy has been living in Del Mar, Calif., about 5 miles down the coastal highway from Torrey Pines for the last couple of years. But he felt something was missing from his game. That turned out to be Whisper Rock Golf Club, where he gets plenty of competition from PGA Tour players.
Ogilvy moved his wife and three children back to Scottsdale, Ariz., last summer before 6-year-old Phoebe started school.
“I played well last year without getting anything out of it. The scoring was bad relative to how I was playing,” he said. “If I had played like that five years ago, I would have been in the top five on the money list. That’s how I felt, anyway.”
The tale of two cities came down to the golf he played away from the tour.
“I used to play golf all the time with really good players,” he said. “All I’ve done over here is range sessions and putting. That got better, but the scoring got worse. And at the end of the day, it’s about scoring.”
Ogilvy is keeping his house in Del Mar and will spend his summers there, when the Pacific summer is more enjoyable than the desert.
“Whisper Rock is a special place,” he said. “This is less about Arizona and more about Whisper Rock. It was a hard decision because we love it over here so much. But as soon as we got back, I realized it was the right thing. I get up in the morning, take the kids to school and go to the golf course.”
SOUTHERN HILLS: Southern Hills has not given up on its hopes of hosting a fourth U.S. Open.
It hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2009 and had been working to bring the U.S. Open to Tulsa, Okla., in the next available date. The club was disappointed to learn that the 2020 U.S. Open instead was going to Winged Foot.
“We’ knew it was coming down to us and Winged Foot,” Southern Hills general manager Nick Sidorkis told Golf Oklahoma. “They are two great courses with great tradition. Obviously, Tulsa is not the same as New York when it comes to corporate hospitality potential, but we know that we can hold a successful championship.”
Southern Hills hosted seven majors _ three U.S. Opens (most recently in 2001 won by Retief Goosen) and three PGA Championships, the last one in 2007 won by Tiger Woods. Sidorkis said it would not pursue other big tournaments until the USGA told the club it is not interested, and that hasn’t happened.
“Our endeavor is we want to host the national championship. We’re going to continue until they tell us otherwise,” he said.
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