MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Geoff Ogilvy has warned compatriot Adam Scott that he is one of “tons” of players in the field who have the ability to prevent the world number two from winning a third straight Australian Masters title this week.
Scott will be the clear favourite to become the first golfer to win the A$1 million (US$872,000) tournament three years in a row when he tees off at the Metropolitan Golf Club on Thursday.
Former US Open champion Ogilvy won his first U.S. PGA tour title in four years at the Barracuda Championship in August, though, and believes his local knowledge could just help him add a first yellow jacket to his wardrobe.
“Obviously I feel like I can win the tournament,” he told a news conference on Tuesday. “Melbourne is home and I feel like if I play well on this sort of course, I should do well.
“Adam’s the favourite but I feel like I can win and I feel like there’s probably a ton of other guys in the field that if they go out and play well, they can win.
“There’s a lot of pretty established and proven players in this field that if they play well, they are hard to beat, as well.”
Other players favoured to challenge for the title at the PGA Tour of Australasia event are American Boo Weekley and local challengers Marcus Fraser, Steven Bowditch and Stuart Appleby, who shot a final-round 65 to win the title in 2010.