Geoff Ogilvy walked into the locker room two weeks ago at the Barracuda Championship and didn’t recognize many faces. He’s pretty sure they didn’t recognize him either.

“They were probably thinking, ‘Who is this old man with the beard and no hair?'” he said.

He would be a US Open champion at Winged Foot, the winner of three golf world championships who once reached world No. 3, then quietly moved away to spend more time designing golf courses and to promote golf among young people at home. Australia.

And now Ogilvy is back. He just doesn’t know how long, or even where.

“I’m dipping my toes in the ocean ‘playing golf,'” Ogilvy said of arriving in Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

It will be his second PGA Tour event in the past three weeks, which is a lot for the 45-year-old considering his last PGA Tour appearance was four years ago before he found a window to move his family to Melbourne. .

Ogilvy never intended to give up the game entirely. His hope was a limited playing schedule combined with design work with golf architecture firm OCM. But then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and forced him to change direction.

Getting out of the country was not the problem. It was coming back.

“I was forced to move into more full-time design and pick-ups and back-to-school,” Ogilvy said. The eldest of his three children is Phoebe, who will be 16 in the fall.

“It was nice to spend so much time with them – long periods of time, not a week here and a week there. It was great. But I was itching to play golf. I wish I could play golf. While it was nice to sit down with the kids and do some design work, it illustrated to me what I am as a golfer.

OCM is keeping him very busy with a renovation plan for Medinah No. 3 ahead of the 2026 Presidents Cup. What brought him back to the PGA Tour was a new club that Ogilvy, Mike Cocking and Ashley Mead are designing around two hours west of Minneapolis called Tepetonka.

During a site visit in April, he was told to return in July for the 3M Open on an exemption. He made plans for the Barracuda Championship at Lake Tahoe – the last of his eight PGA Tour titles in 2014 – but the 3M Open exemption never materialized. He instead secured a place at the Detroit Golf Club.

“I miss the contention,” Ogilvy said. “I don’t really miss the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday grind portion of the tour. Winning is a bonus, but it’s not really that. These are the last nine holes. Being in the mix is ​​addiction. If I can’t do this, I won’t do it for long.

He’s played a dozen times in Australia, and his foundation was behind a new event called the Sandbelt Invitational held at four Melbourne courses, for men and women, pros and amateurs. He also competed in the ISPS Handa Vic Open, where men and women compete (different tees) for the same prize.

Four years of golf might seem like a long time, and Ogilvy dips his toes in the water as college players dip in. He didn’t look less excited.

“There’s something about us with golf where… there’s such a drive to play better, that never goes away,” he said.

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Abraham Ancer of Mexico is still ranked No. 5 in the Presidents Cup standings for the international team. That doesn’t mean he’ll be at the Quail Hollow Cup in September.

The PGA Tour clarified in a note to its members that only players eligible to participate in tournaments can participate in the Presidents Cup, regardless of their status. Ancer signed with LIV Golf without clearance (the tour doesn’t grant releases for North American events, anyway) and was suspended.

Louis Oosthuizen resigned from the PGA Tour to join LIV and is not in the standings.

On the American side, the top 12 players said they were committed to the PGA Tour. Talor Gooch, among the first to sign with LIV, is at No. 13 (and suspended). Jason Kokrak is No. 15 in the US rankings – he will be suspended when he plays the LIV event this week – while Bryson DeChambeau is No. 25.

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Masters champ Scottie Scheffler can start cashing in even without playing before the FedEx Cup playoffs start.

Scheffler had such a dominant run that he already clinched the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. That means he got the $4 million bonus from Comcast Business Tour 10, a $20 million program for the top 10 players after the regular season.

And there will surely be more.

With two tournaments remaining in the regular season, Scheffler leads the Aon Risk Reward Challenge, which has compiled the highest scores on risk-reward holes all season. Scheffler leads British Open champion Cameron Smith, Rory McIlroy and Max Homa.

Homa is playing the Rocket Mortgage Classic and would need a birdie and an eagle at the Detroit Golf Club, then another birdie and an eagle at the Wyndham Championship, which he probably won’t play with the playoffs at follow.

Scheffler would receive an additional $1 million from Aon. And then he begins the hunt for the $18 million FedEx Cup top prize.

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Wyatt Worthington II is all about finding opportunities for black golfers to compete in PGA Tour tournaments. He earned his place in two of them.

Worthington, who teaches at Golf Depot in central Ohio, was among 20 professionals at the club to earn a spot in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. The next appearance is this week in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and it could be even tougher.

He participated in the John Shippen, a 36-hole event at the Detroit Golf Club where the winner gets a bye into the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Worthington started with a 73 and felt there was nothing wrong with his game that a better putt wouldn’t fix. He birdied eight for a 65 to win the event.

“I know I wanted to work on my game to get to this point, but going through this, I can’t really relate to this. Yeah, it’s an unreal experience,” Worthington said on Tuesday.

But he doesn’t consider it a one-time experience.

“We have the game to do that,” said Worthington, who competes on the Advocated Professional Golf Association circuit when he’s not teaching lessons or caddying to earn money on the side. . “It’s just having the opportunity to do it at the highest level, that’s really what has been the most difficult.”

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The World Women’s Golf Rankings will begin a modification next week in which players from No. 401 to No. 600 in the world will contribute to the formula for strength of the course. The rankings started in 2006 with just the top 200 players representing strength from the field, and that was extended to the top 400 players in 2009. … Tony Finau was the fifth player this year to rally from five or more shots in the final round and win on the PGA Tour. … Players from 15 countries have won this season on the European Tour, including 10 from European nations.

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“It’s a weird place where I feel like I’ve knocked on the door to win a major and haven’t even won my first PGA Tour event.” — Will Zalatoris, who has been a finalist in three of the last eight majors.