Winged Foot lived up to its reputation as a fierce test, as Ogilvy finished at 5-over par. Ogilvy, 29, becomes the first Australian to win the U.S. Open in 25 years, and the first Australian to win a major since 1995.
Here's what Ogilvy had to say in the post-tournament press conference:
Q. How does it feel to be the U.S. Open champion?
GEOFF OGILVY: I don't know. It's hard to I don't know. It's slightly sinking in. Pretty special.
Q. Talk about the chronology of coming down and seeing what happened with Phil, and maybe from your 17th hole?
GEOFF OGILVY: No. 17, I thought I was in a bit of trouble. Obviously I was way in the boonies, had a terrible lie, tried to go for a bit too much but thought I had to at that point. I thought 4 (over) was going to be the number because (Colin Montgomerie) just made birdie on 17, and I thought one of them was going to finish at about 3 or 4. Left it in the rough, missed the green. Yeah, wow, chipped it in. Just scary. What do you say? I mean, a shot that you wait your whole life to chip it in in a situation like that when you need to, and then you do.
Monty was on the fairway on 18, and I thought he's going to hit the green and make a 4 and I'll have to make a birdie. I hit the best drive I hit all week right there. It wasn't in a divot; it was my end of a divot, so it didn't really affect how I hit the ball. I was pretty happy with my second shot.
After the first time all week it kind of hits and spins back. There have been some big bounces out here so it's weird. It's flying another foot, it's right down the hill. I thought I'll get this up and down and I'll lose by a shot. It was a tricky chip shot, and I hit a good shot and made the putt, and I thought second in the Open is pretty good.
Q. What was your mindset going through watching?
GEOFF OGILVY: I was in the scorer's hut trying to process how I'm going to finish first or second in the U.S. Open, this is pretty good. Then I see he drives it in the trees, and I thought, well, we might make a playoff here, change the hotel, stay all day tomorrow and then fly back. That's kind of weird.
I don't know. I watched it kind of in the background. I didn't know what was going on. I thought I had a third shot and he lands in the bunker like that because it's the first one I saw all week do that. I think I was the beneficiary of a little bit of charity. I think I got a bit lucky.
Q. You're going to be the first Australian since '95 to win a major.
GEOFF OGILVY: Yeah, it's pretty scary. I knew it would come, and the Australian press has been starting to ask the question, when is it going to happen. I honestly didn't think it would be me ... it was only a matter of time. I didn't think it was going to be me, but you never think it's going to be you. It's kind of bizarre.
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