Major winner Geoff Ogilvy is looking to add a missing piece to his stellar career puzzle when he tees it up in the ISPS Handa Vic Open for the first time since 1998.
The 2006 US Open champion is aiming to claim a maiden victory in his home state Open after finishing as leading amateur in each of his three previous appearances in 1995, 97 and 98 – and runner-up overall to Stephen Leaney at Victoria Golf Club in 1997.
Having moved home from the United States this summer, the four-time European Tour winner cannot wait to tee it up at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links on February 7-10, 2019.
The 41 year old former world number three will be the first men’s Major champion to play the event since Ian Baker-Finch in 1997.
Ogilvy said: “I’ve been really excited to watch the development of the Vic Open from afar for the past few years and I’m excited that I get to play it again after all these years.
“With the men’s and women’s events held concurrently, it’s great to have the European Tour and LPGA Tour aboard – it really shows how far the event has come and it’s great to see an Australian tournament have such focus for its innovation.”
Golf Australia operations general manager Simon Brookhouse said Ogilvy, who has already committed as Ernie Els’ vice-captain for the International team at this year’s Presidents Cup, would be a huge drawcard on the Bellarine Peninsula.
He said: “We’ve all admired Geoff’s brilliant career, but for many it will be the first chance to see him live.
“It’s testament to the tournament that he still harbours that desire to add to what is an amazing resume.”
Ogilvy, who has three World Golf Championships titles, has won eight times on the US PGA Tour - most recently in 2014 - but has decided to go back to Melbourne to live with his young family.
Brookhouse said: “Geoff is a legend of Australian golf. We don’t have dozens of Major champions, so to have one hopefully contending at the ISPS Handa Vic Open is absolutely fantastic for the tournament and its fans.
“It’s a great opportunity for all Australians to celebrate his enormous career up close and personal at Thirteenth Beach.”
The ISPS Handa Vic Open is a unique concurrent men’s and women’s professional tournament. It is jointly sanctioned by the European Tour, ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, ALPG and LPGA, and features equal prize money for men and women.
Entry is free for all Victorian golf club members, with tickets also on sale through oTix at just $10 per day and $30 for a season pass. Children aged under 18 and those with a Seniors Card gain free entry. For details see vicopengolf.com/ticketing
The ISPS Handa Vic Open is proudly supported by the Victorian Government.