Geoff Ogilvy calls his golf year ''up and down,'' and maybe that was being generous: the ups were few and far between.
A cut finger in Hawaii at the beginning of the season affected his play, then a shoulder injury at the Masters forced him to take nearly three months off. When he returned, there was something he'd never experienced before - the psychological concern that he'd reinjure himself if he played too hard.
Ogilvy, who will begin defense of his Australian Open title at The Lakes on Thursday, said Tuesday ''you play with a bit of trepidation about not injuring yourself. It takes a while to get past that.''
The Australian said now has ''a lot more sympathy'' for the players he's known who had to play through injuries.