Ogilvy's game suited for Open

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SOUTHPORT, England --- Don't forget Geoff Ogilvy .

Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez are looking to add to Spain's dominating year this week. The soccer team won it's first major title in 44 years while Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon.  Associated Press
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Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez are looking to add to Spain's dominating year this week. The soccer team won it's first major title in 44 years while Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon.

The Aussie is one of the most overlooked major champions -- the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot is best remembered for Phil Mickelson 's double-bogey meltdown on the final hole -- but he's got the look of a top contender in this week's British Open.

Ogilvy's steady if unspectacular play could be suited to Royal Birkdale, which has been soaked by rain and punishes those who find its pot bunkers and tangly rough.

"I've just gradually gotten better," Ogilvy said, describing a career in which all six of his victories have come since 2005 and have taken him to No. 3 in the world ranking. "... I think I've learned from mistakes quite well and I just gradually worked it out. I don't know about any one attribute. I think I hit the ball OK, I think I chip OK and I think I putt OK. But I think it all adds up to a pretty good package."

Ogilvy's nationality might also work in his favor.

The only winners at Royal Birkdale are Australians and Americans. The champions from Down Under are Peter Thomson (1954 and '65) and Ian Baker-Finch ('91), while Americans Arnold Palmer ('61), Lee Trevino ('71), Johnny Miller ('76), Tom Watson ('83) and Mark O'Meara ('98) have triumphed.

FURYK ON BRITAIN: Jim Furyk never lacks an opinion, no matter the subject.

So, what's his take on Britain?

"I'd probably have to say that the tea is highly overrated -- and the beer is highly underrated," Furyk quipped.

CADDIE CAUSE: Before arriving at the British Open, five-time champion Tom Watson and author John Feinstein raised $600,000 for ALS research through the fourth annual Bruce Edwards Celebrity Classic.

Bruce Edwards , the longtime looper for Watson, died from Lou Gehrig's disease in 2004. The tournament has raised $2.5 million in four years, with the majority of money going to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins.


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