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Ogilvy says corporates will wake to golf

By Wayne Heming 26/03/2008 10:50:14 PM Comments (0)

World No.10 Geoff Ogilvy believes corporate Australia will soon be aroused by the impressive performances of local golfers competing overseas.

The man who stopped Tiger Woods at Doral was doing his best to allay fears the stuttering Australasian Tour was in danger after the major sponsors of both the Australian Open and Masters pulled the pin this week.

Golf Australia's Paul McNamee - credited with re-invigorated the past two Australian Opens - has also quit to join AFL club Melbourne, but Ogilvy is confident the local Tour will soon regain its former status.

"I'm not really concerned about it," said Ogilvy, who feels the form of Australian golfers overseas will awaken potential sponsors back home.

"You wouldn't believe the way Americans over here think about Australian golfers ... they think we're putting something in the water," he said from the US, a day after ending Woods's remarkable seven tournament streak.

"It (Australian golf) has got some of its strongest moments ahead of it because Australian golf is pretty incredible at the moment.

"The rest of the world thinks it is - we just need Australia to think so."

Ogilvy doesn't expect it'll be too long before the local tour again takes off, with himself and world No.6 Adam Scott currently in the world's top 10 and a host of others starting to make their reputations.

"Every year we come up with three or four new guys," he said.

"Jason Day is already making an impact and everyone is talking Matthew Jones."

A graduate of Arizona State college, Jones has played eight tournaments this year and is yet to miss a cut.

He's already banked close to $US500,000 ($A545,315) to crack the top 50 on the PGA Tour money list - a stunning effort from the rapidly improving 27 year-old Sydneysider.

"He's made every cut this year and he's finishing top 10 every second week," enthused Ogilvy.

"He's having an unbelievable start to his professional career over here.

"They're starting to think `what are they doing down there (in Australia)?'"

Ogilvy admits he doesn't quite understand the economics of how sponsorships work, but he knows success generates financial interest.

"Money generally gravitates towards success in most walks of life," he said.

"The more success you have the money is going to start coming back to golf.

"It's going to have its appeal to corporate Australia because they are going to want to align themselves with a successful sport.

"I'm sure the money will return."

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