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One Door Closes And Another Opens

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA | The leaders in the final round of the Wyndham Championship were still more than an hour from starting Sunday when Joe Ogilvie made a final bogey on the final hole of his professional golf career.
The skyboxes around the 18th hole at Sedgefield Country Club weren’t full and the day’s action hadn’t yet reached a simmer when Ogilvie finished the 399th tournament of his PGA career in 77th place, several hours and several shots removed from the final-round drama.
It’s how Ogilvie spent much of his 15 seasons on the Tour, another name in the long list of newspaper scores, good enough to win one tournament and more than $10 million but never quite a star. He wasn’t even the Tour’s most famous Ogilvie, that distinction falling to Geoff Ogilvy.
But Ogilvie made the PGA Tour better, not just with his golf game but with his presence and personality. He has been able to look outside the ropes and see the bigger picture, offering a voice of perspective and reason that reaches beyond the often-selfish interests of the various bodies within the PGA Tour.
Like anything else, the PGA Tour is only as good as its people and Ogilvie has been one of the best. As he leaves professional golf for a career in investing, it’s the people Ogilvie will miss and not necessarily the people you think.
“When you say goodbye to certain guys out here and certain tournament directors, I literally may never see them again in my life. That’s the bitter part,” said Ogilvie, who graduated from Duke in 1996 and now lives in Austin, Texas.
“I really enjoy coming to certain towns. I enjoy seeing the volunteer on the ninth tee box at the Sony Open every year. She’s got the (sign) thing going …


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