Sydney win is a dream for Geoff Ogilvy

Geoff Ogilvy achieved a 26-year-long dream of capturing the Australian Open title when the 33-year-old cruised to victory in Sydney yesterday.

Ever since he witnessed Tom Watson's 1984 success at Royal Melbourne, Ogilvy has longed for the day to also be handed the gleaming Stonehaven Trophy.

Ogilvy could not have wished for a better scenario than walking up the final hole of The Lakes course enjoying a four-stroke cushion. He calmly two-putted for a par in carding a three-under-par 69 to win with a 19-under par total from fellow Australians Alistair Presnell (67) and Matt Jones (68) on 15-under par. His four-round tally of 269 was the lowest since Mark Calcavecchia won the 1988 event at Royal Sydney.

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"Ever since watching Tom Watson win in 1984, I've dreamed of winning the Australian Open," said Ogilvy. "Seeing Tom win at Royal Melbourne was something special and that really got me excited about golf because I was back at Royal Melbourne in 1985, the year Greg Norman won and then a year later, I was also at Royal Melbourne when Rodger Davis won. I was lucky to have grown up close to Royal Melbourne because the course hosted so many big tournaments like the Australian Open."