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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    Miller to retire from broadcast booth in 2019

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 15, 2018, 9:14 pm

    After nearly 30 years in the broadcast booth, Johnny Miller is ready to hang up his microphone.

    Following a Hall of Fame playing career that included a pair of major titles, Miller has become one of the most outspoken voices in the game as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. But at age 71 he has decided to retire from broadcasting following the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    “The call of being there for my grandkids, to teach them how to fish. I felt it was a higher calling,” Miller told GolfChannel.com. “The parents are trying to make a living, and grandparents can be there like my father was with my four boys. He was there every day for them. I'm a big believer that there is a time and a season for everything.”

    Miller was named lead analyst for NBC in 1990, making his broadcast debut at what was then known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. He still remained competitive, notably winning the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at age 46, but made an indelible mark on the next generation of Tour pros with his frank and candid assessment of the action from some of golf’s biggest events.

    Miller’s broadcasting career has included 20 U.S. Opens, 14 Ryder Cups, nine Presidents Cups, three Open Championships and the 2016 Olympics. While he has teamed in the booth with Dan Hicks for the past 20 years, Miller’s previous on-air partners included Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley and Dick Enberg.

    His farewell event will be in Phoenix Jan. 31-Feb. 3, at a tournament he won in back-to-back years in 1974-75.

    “When it comes to serving golf fans with sharp insight on what is happening inside the ropes, Johnny Miller is the gold standard,” said NBC lead golf producer Tommy Roy. “It has been an honor working with him, and while it might not be Johnny’s personal style, it will be fun to send him off at one of the PGA Tour’s best parties at TPC Scottsdale.”

    Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998 after a playing career that included wins at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and The Open in 1976 at Royal Birkdale. Before turning pro, he won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur and was low amateur at the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic, where he tied for eighth at age 19.

    Born and raised in San Francisco, Miller now lives in Utah with his wife, Linda, and annually serves as tournament host of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

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    Randall's Rant: Tiger vs. Phil feels like a ripoff

    By Randall MellOctober 15, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Usually, you have to buy something before you feel like you were ripped off.

    The wonder in the marketing of Tiger vs. Phil and “The Match” is how it is making so many people feel as if they are getting ripped off before they’ve shelled out a single penny for the product.

    Phil Mickelson gets credit for this miscue.

    Apparently, the smartest guy in the room isn’t the smartest marketing guy.

    He was a little bit like that telemarketer who teases you into thinking you’ve won a free weekend getaway, only to lead you into the discovery that there’s a shady catch, with fine print and a price tag.

    There was something as slippery as snake oil in the original pitch.

    In Mickelson’s eagerness to create some excitement, he hinted back during The Players in May about the possibility of a big-money, head-to-head match with Woods. A couple months later, he leaked more details, before it was ready to be fully announced.

    So while there was an initial buzz over news of the Thanksgiving weekend matchup, the original pitch set up a real buzzkill when it was later announced that you were only going to get to see it live on pay-per-view.

    The news landed with a thud but no price tag. We’re still waiting to see what it’s going to cost when these two meet at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, but anything that feels even slightly inflated now is going to further dampen the original enthusiasm Mickelson created.

    Without Woods or Mickelson putting up their own money, this $9 million winner-take-all event was always going to feel more like a money grab than real competition.

    When we were expecting to see it on network or cable TV, we didn’t care so much. Tiger's and Phil’s hands would have felt as if they were reaching into corporate America’s pockets. Now, it feels as if they’re digging into ours.

    Last week, there was more disappointing news, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal reporting that tickets won’t be sold to the public, that the match at Shadow Creek will only be open to select sponsors and VIPs.



    Now there’s a larger insult to the common fan, who can’t help but feel he isn’t worthy or important enough to gain admittance.

    Sorry, but that’s how news of a closed gate landed on the heels of the pay-per-view news.

    “The Match” was never going to be meaningful golf in any historical sense.

    This matchup was never going to rekindle the magic Tiger vs. Phil brought in their epic Duel at Doral in ’05.

    The $9 million was never going to buy the legitimacy a major championship or PGA Tour Sunday clash could bring.

    It was never going to be more than an exhibition, with no lingering historical significance, but that was OK as quasi silly-season fare on TV on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23), the traditional weekend of the old Skins Game.

    “The Match” still has a chance to be meaningful, but first and foremost as entertainment, not real competition. That’s what this was always going to be about, but now the bar is raised.

    Pay per view does that.

    “You get what you pay for” is an adage that doesn’t apply to free (or already-paid for) TV. It does to pay per view. Expectations go way up when you aren’t just channel surfing to a telecast. So the higher the price tag they end up putting on this showdown, the more entertaining this has to be.

    If Phil brings his “A-Game” to his trash talking, and if Tiger can bring some clever repartee, this can still be fun. If the prerecorded segments wedged between shots are insightful, even meaningful in their ability to make us understand these players in ways we didn’t before, this will be worthwhile.

    Ultimately, “The Match” is a success if it leaves folks who paid to see it feeling as if they weren’t as ripped off as the people who refused to pay for it. That’s the handicap a history of free golf on TV brings. Welcome to pay-per-view, Tiger and Phil.

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    Trial date set for drifter charged with killing Barquin Arozamena

    By Associated PressOctober 15, 2018, 7:28 pm

    AMES, Iowa – A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain.

    District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

    Richards entered a written not guilty plea Monday morning and waived his right to a speedy trial. The filing canceled an in-person arraignment hearing that had been scheduled for later Monday.

    Investigators say Richards attacked Barquin on Sept. 17 while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the university campus. Her body was found in a pond on the course riddled with stab wounds.

    Richards faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

    LeBron's son tries golf, and he might be good at everything

    By Grill Room TeamOctober 15, 2018, 5:36 pm

    LeBron James' son seems well on his way to a successful basketball career of his own. To wit:

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    Finally got it down lol

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    But with just a little work, he could pass on trying to surpass his father and try to take on Tiger and Jack, instead.

    Bronny posted this video to Instagram of him in sandals whacking balls off a mat atop a deck into a large body of water, which is the golfer's definition of living your best life.

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    How far, maybe 400 #happygilmore

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    If you listen closely, at the end of the clip, you can just barely hear someone scream out for a marine biologist.