Aussies worth a listen
There are many worse ways to spend 20 minutes or so than to listen to Geoff Ogilvy - one of the most sensible and engaging voices in the game and a genuine contender for this year's Masters.
Ask a question and you will get an answer from the Australian whose 2006 US Open victory was somewhat overshadowed by the collapses of Colin Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson that helped Ogilvy to his breakthrough in the majors.
Not only that, the answers will be well worth hearing. The same, sadly, can't be said of Tiger Woods, who once again left reporters shaking their heads at how unforthcoming he is in the news conference room.
It's a real shame because Woods is such a compelling story and great sportsman. It would be wonderful if he could provide a bit more when he talks to us but effectively all he does is let his clubs do the talking.
Back to Ogilvy, though, because he was fascinating when it came to discussing Woods and the intimidation factor the world number one brings to the tee.
"The first time I ever played with him, that was in Germany; it's a fairly nervous handshake," Ogilvy admitted.
But the recent winner of the WGC Matchplay contends that he always seems to play well in Woods' company. "We are almost the same age. Intimidation probably happens a lot less when you're the same age and you've grown up at the same sort of time," added the 31-year-old.
"I've never really bought into the intimidation thing. It's not like a boxing match where the other guy is bigger than you and it's scary. If there is an intimidation it is that you know he is going to make that putt on the last hole.
"You know if you are going to let him have that putt on the last hole or that you let him have a chance , he is going to beat you - whereas you don't know that about anyone else," said the player who ended Woods' 2008 winning streak with victory at the WGC Doral event.
Ogilvy is a no nonsense sort of guy who has quietly gone about assembling one of the most effective games in golf. His skill around the greens and ability to remain unflappable in the biggest events mean he has a genuine chance of becoming Australia's first Masters winner.
"I guess before winning the US Open I went to majors thinking it would be nice to win one of these one day," Ogilvy said. "I guess now when I turn up to majors I know I can win one; I know if I play well, I'll be competing on the weekend."
And to become the first Aussie to win it? "It probably wasn't a thing before the Shark (Greg Norman) nearly won it - every year it seemed for a while. But it became big, when is an Australian going to win this tournament?
"Pressure? Not so much," Ogilvy went on. We all put enough pressure on ourselves. They are the hardest ones to beat, not everybody else's."
Speaking of Norman it was a delight to sit in on his pre-tournament news conference as he addressed every issue put his way with charm, thought and wit. Tiger please take note.
The 54-year-old will be taking on an Augusta National course that is 420 yards longer than when he last competed in the Masters in 2002. "I've got to mange my expectations properly," he said.
Time and again we probed him on the many disappointments he has suffered at Augusta, culminating in surrendering his six shot lead to Nick Faldo in 1996.
"I balance the good and the bad memories," he said before revealing that he and wife Chris Evert often lament past defeats together. "I talk about the Masters more than anything else when we have those conversations."
But overall he's convinced that he is deserving of "a pretty good" place in the history of this tournament.
I think he's probably right and what's more it wouldn't surprise me if it is Ogilvy who becomes the Aussie to take the mantle that for so long seemed to be heading Norman's way.