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Ogilvy freshens up, clears mind for open bid

Wed July 11, 2012 4:10am

Geoff Ogilvy enjoyed watching St Kilda smash Essendon last Saturday.

GEOFF Ogilvy enjoyed watching St Kilda smash Essendon last Saturday, but his first winter at home in Melbourne for some years has left an impression.

''It's colder than I remember and more rain than I remember. But it's been nice,'' he said yesterday.

The 2006 US Open champion's return for a month is all part of a plan. Having started the US PGA Tour season already tired after having no proper off-season, his results suffered. He has two majors - the British Open and PGA Championship - to come, plus the America tour play-offs in September.

The British Open is next week at Royal Lytham and St Annes in England. While he has not gone into a major off such a long break before, he hopes it will give him the freshness he was lacking early in the year.

''I've always played well after a break, whether it be one or two weeks or three weeks,'' he said. ''This time, as opposed to specific practice for the open, I'm going to play links courses from Saturday … It's a kind of midyear break, get the brain in as comfortable a place as possible. You never really know the best way to prepare, but I think the brain is the most important thing.''

Ogilvy, 35, is Australia's most accomplished golfer of the past decade but has been in a lull brought on by a shoulder injury immediately after he came close to winning the US Masters last year. He has not won a tournament and his world ranking has slipped from top 10 to 53rd. He missed the cut at the US Open last month but insists this is not a true reflection of how he has played.

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