Quick Quote, Geoff Ogilvy, 2019 100th New Zealand Open - 26th February 2019

It’s a hard schedule when you play in America this time of year is tough because you want to get away to a good start so I have not been able to get down here in a long time.

Moving back to Melbourne has opened the opportunities to do some more stuff and come to Queenstown.

I have always wanted to play more here but it is hard when you have an $8 million tournament and this is your job. It is difficult to travel 24 hours around the world to play in a little one because you want to.

This is my first time to Queenstown. Everyone who comes back says it is the prettiest place in the world. It has always been on the list and super excited to be here.

I am hitting it well. At the Vic Open I had some moments where I played okay, but at Perth it was awful. I practiced last week and played a bit and it feels good. A lot of it is not enough scorecard-tournament rounds in the last six months.

My ball-striking feels great and if I can make a few putts, if I can get a feeling and get into the tournament and get into contention, I think it will all come back.

There’s no reason why I can’t play well.

I saw Cambo (Michael Campbell) on the range for the first time for five or six years which was cool. We won US Opens back to back.

I would like to get into contention this week. Apart from the pure love of playing golf. Professional golf for me is fun when you are in contention and feeling it, especially those last nine holes coming down the stretch on Sunday.

The true enjoyment to me is when I had a chance. Success for me is to get into contention and see how I go.

100 is amazing – there are not many that have gone that long. One hundred New Zealand Opens is a pretty stout golf history. And the field that is assembled including the amateur field is special – everyone recognises the significance of this week.

Being part of the 100th New Zealand Open is great. Winning it would be even better.

Geoff Ogilvy on Ryan Fox...

Ernie (Els) and I and others involved get emails every Monday and discussing all the internationals and how they are playing. Ryan is in that conversation with 20 or 30 guys and he moved much more into the conversation with his win in Perth.

It would e great for Ryan to be involved. We have not had a New Zealander involved since Danny Lee.

Being down here it would be brilliant to have it full of Kiwis and Aussies. It great, Ryan is on the radar for sure.