Average Joe May One Day Be Commisioner

By Associated PressMay 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- Joe Ogilvie tries to absorb everything Warren Buffett has to say while they dine at the billionaires favorite steakhouse in Omaha.
 
He also hopes to have a golf grouping someday that includes Buffett, Microsofts Bill Gates and his father for a friendly day on the links.
 
Ogilvie has high aspirations for his career, too.
 
He says that his time as a pro will end relatively soon because the 34-year-old Duke economics grad wants to move into another role, maybe working toward becoming commissioner of the PGA TOUR.
 
I wouldnt go work for the tour to try to be the No. 9 guy at the tour. Thats something that I think if I decided to go that route, its something Id want to be on track for, Ogilvie said Monday.
 
Ogilvie comes off as a sharp executive working on a casual Friday. Dressed in a blue blazer without a tie, he alternates between leaning forward on his more important points and rocking back to ponder questions.
 
Yes, hes mainly talking about defending his only tour title in July that he won last year at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, but he also hints that golf is just a phase in his life.
 
Im going to definitely be a golfer for the next eight to 10 years, but at the same time I realize that even though golf for a lot of guys is forever, I dont think for me its going to be, Ogilvie said. I want to have different things going so when the curtain closes I can kind of gracefully walk into something else, maybe pick up without missing a beat.
 
And maybe thats sometime after PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem eventually steps down. Finchem currently has a six-year contract through 2012, and Ogilvie has already seen a lot of the work done behind the scenes.
 
As one of four players on the PGA TOURs nine-member Policy Board, Ogilvie has been part of discussions that included enacting drug testing, the FedExCup playoffs, standardizing invitational tournaments and tweaking the retirement plan.
 
The board, which also includes pros Stewart Cink, Brad Faxon and David Toms along with four volunteer independent businessmen and a PGA of America director, has also made the TPC Network stronger and witnessed Finchems negotiations with several TV networks.
 
All of it has come at a cost to Ogilvies golf game'hes currently 114th in the FedExCup standings'and his family back home in Austin, Texas.
 
From a time commitment standpoint, it takes a lot more time to do it right, said Ogilvie, wholl take a one-year break in 2009 from the board but plans to return in 2010. The average tour player probably relates to me a little bit more than they relate to those other guys. So, consequently, they look at me as a little more accessible. They certainly talk about their grievances a little more freely with me and a little more often with me.
 
Ogilvie has strong opinions on golfs major issues, including drug testing, pace of play and marketing. But he wouldnt hire himself for the top post on the PGA TOUR.
 
Ive got one major weakness. I have zero operating experience running a company, Ogilvie said. You certainly wouldnt hire a guy to run a $2 billion company thats never run a company before or never actually had a job besides golf.
 
If I was on that board that was hiring someone I would never even look at me.
 
That doesnt mean he wouldnt work for it by taking a lesser role and learning for a few years, suggesting he could learn by running the Nationwide Tour.
 
Hell also see first hand how players react to drug testing. He says he has no doubt that some golfers have smoked marijuana, but doesnt think theres widespread use of performance enhancing drugs.
 
Well find out July 1. I think itll be a non-event, Ogilvie said. Itll be a little bit of a hassle after you make your double-bogey, the guy coming in saying youve got to go pee in a cup. Thatll ruffle a few feathers, but in this day and age, you probably need it.
 
And maybe the tour needs a strong voice of a player in the management ranks.
 
In the meantime, Ogilvie, who has eaten with Buffett about 10 times, is keeping busy with investments and thinking about how he would pick Gates brain if the two met.
 
He said hes much more interested in the philanthropic work of the billionaires like Gates as opposed to how they amassed their fortunes.
 
I can understand philanthropic work more than I can understand the Vista operating system, said Ogilvie, who admitted he owned a Mac. Obviously hes one of the smartest tech guys that ever lived, so it would be fun just to think about, Where we would go from here?'that type of thing.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 17, 2018, 7:45 pm

    The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.

    Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:

    The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.

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    MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.

    The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

    England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

    The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.


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    ''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''

    Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.

    That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.

    ''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''

    The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

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    J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives

    By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 3:33 pm

    ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.

    The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.

    Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.

    Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.

    Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.


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    "I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.

    "It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."

    South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.

    Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.

    "It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."

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    Cantlay, McDowell, Saunders share lead at Riviera

    By Doug FergusonFebruary 17, 2018, 3:51 am

    LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.

    Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

    He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

    ''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''

    Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

    They were at 7-under 135.

    Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

    Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.


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    Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

    ''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.

    He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

    McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

    ''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.

    Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.