Tag Archives: Joe Ogilvie

May
3
2012

Wells Fargo, this week’s title sponsor at the Quail Hollow Club, has teamed up with First Book to stage a virtual book drive called “Reading Above Par,” a non-profit organization that is determined to see that all children, regardless of their economic conditions, can achieve more in school and in life through access to an ongoing supply of new books. As an extension of this annual initiative, the bank is encouraging fans to get involved — either on-site by stopping by the “Wells Fargo Banking Center” or online via its Facebook page.

Over the last few days I’ve gone around and asked probably about two dozen players about the program and their own reading interests. You may or may not be surprised by the most popular responses (and blank stares).

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Jun
30
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Adam Scott surged up the 'board, firing a four-under 66

Many players walked off their last hole at Aronimink Golf Club in the first round of the AT&T National and felt like they had just grinded through the first round of the US Open.

“I didn’t do anything crazy on the greens. I just played them solid,” said Joe Ogilivie after posting a three-under 67, a shot off the lead. “This course is set up like a U.S. Open. The fairways are a little bit wider, but it’s definitely playing similar — except for this year’s U.S. Open.”

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May
30
2011
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Yeah, nice scene and all, but man, those are some terrible trousers hanging around in the background.

Sunday at the Byron Nelson Classic Championship may have lacked the birdie barrages and big names that tend to capture the imagination of the viewing public, but that’s not to say that the day was lacking in drama. Defined by a demanding layout and the unpredictability of the afternoon’s blustery conditions, this became a round of muted scoring set against a background hum of anxiety and thwarted expectation.

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Jan
22
2011

Could the Tour form a partnership with the Clinton Foundation?

The possibility of President Bill Clinton getting involved with the Bob Hope Classic was raised by PGA Tour player Joe Ogilvie on Friday. Speaking to golfdigest.com, Ogilvie, one of the Tour’s brightest, believes bringing in Clinton as host would revitalize the struggling event, which has been without a sponsor since 2009 after Chrysler went bankrupt. In response to Ogilvie’s comments, the PGA Tour handed out an official statement to the press in the media tent at the Hope on Saturday morning:

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Dec
1
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Two faceless pros at Q-school practice putting with unconventional grips

Just a few miles down the road from the site of this week’s PGA Tour Q-School, Orange County National, there’s one of the many massive welcome signs to the Walt Disney World Resort emblazoned with the slogan “Where Dreams Come True.” For the 166 (minus the dozen or so PGA Tour veterans) relative unknowns, faceless mini tour players or just-turned pros within six rounds of achieving a lifetime’s goal, it’s a preface to the week less sappy and overwrought than it is deadly serious.

We hear similar storylines every year, but what’s the atmosphere like the day before it starts? Surprisingly, rather relaxed in a zoo-like way. Call it the calm before the storm. And how about the mentality of the players? Cool and collected, for now.

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Nov
24
2010

It was a bit surprising last week when the PGA Tour Policy Board shelved the “designated tournament” proposal that was supposedly a sure thing after the positive reception it received at a meeting this summer. The idea was to require the top-ranked players to play at least one out of five events that traditionally have weaker fields to boost interest in these tournaments.

According to several reports, it was put on hold because tournament directors didn’t want the stigma of needing help. Which, of course, is understandable–you don’t want to feel like you’re forcing players to be there. But thing is, once Tiger and/or Phil tee it up, the sponsors, fans, tournaments organizers, TV execs would forget that it was a “designated tournament” because everyone is happy and it’s a great success. Anyway, naturally, conspiracy theories started flying that Tiger and Phil were against the proposal, which led to its demise.

Well, that’s probably not the case.

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Aug
26
2010
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Fantastic suggestion to reform the current rule.

If you’re not following Joe Ogilvie, you should. He’s on the PGA Tour player advisory board (as mentioned above) and someone I’d love to meet and sit down to chat with. From everything I’ve read and heard, he’s one of the most intelligent (if not, the most) guys on tour and just an all-around great guy. I think it’d be interesting to pick his brain and get his perspective on anything from Tour policies to tax reform. Maybe I’ll run into him this week, you know, if the stars are aligned.