August 17, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Joe Ogilvie has played in 399 PGA TOUR events. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Joe Ogilvie made what turned out to be the last birdie of his PGA TOUR career on Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club when he holed a 4-footer at the ninth hole.
The final tally of 73 was inconsequential, though, on a day when the 40-year-old's retirement from the game became official with his wife, three children and a legion of friends on hand in the gallery to offer their support.
The Wyndham Championship was the 399th start of Ogilvie's PGA TOUR career. Ogilvie, who graduated from Duke in 1996 with a degree in economics, now plans to join a friend at an investment banking firm as he starts phase II of his life.
"Absolutely I am going to miss it," Ogilvie said earlier this week. "One hundred percent I'm going to miss it. But there's a time for everything and this is the right time. I'm very content with that. The PGA TOUR is a very good life and the amount of wonderful peope you're around is incredible.
"But I'm looking forward to this next chapter."
In 15 full seasons on the PGA TOUR, Ogilvie won once, at the 2007 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. He also won four times on what is now the Web.com Tour, including the 1998 Greensboro Open on the same Sedgefield course where he ended his career on Sunday.
"When I got in (the tournament), I'm like, you know what? This feels right," Ogilvie said. "It's near Duke. It's Greensboro. I won on this golf course. ... Seemed like a fantastic place to call it a day."
Prior to teeing off in the final round, Ogilvie took to social media to put the day in perspective when he tweeted: ""Last day of school."
And when he was done? "Damn lucky to be a part of the traveling circus/family that is the PGA Tour for the last 15 years. Best collection of people in sports" was his tweet.
The important thing to Ogilvie? He's changing careers but he doesn't plan to leave the friends he made behind.
"I'm still gonna play golf with them," Ogilvie said. "A lot of people are like why would you want to play golf for free when you could've played golf and made money. But I never just wanted to kind of hang on. It's time. The young guys out here are just awesome to watch.
"They need to give me a Nielsen box because I'm going to still watch them. I need to help the ratings a bit."