“This is it for me,” Ogilvie told a group of local reporters during Wednesday's practice round. “I’m going to continue to play golf, but I’m retiring from pro golf. The only tournament I’m going to play in after this is if I’m lucky enough to get invited to somebody’s member-guest.”
Ogilvie, an honorable mention All-America as a Blue Devil in 1995, has amassed over $10 million in career earnings with a PGA Tour victory at the 2007 U.S. Bank Championship and four Web.com Tour wins since turning pro in 1996. Thursday's start will be Ogilvie’s 399th on the PGA Tour.
His career at Duke consisted of 23 top 20 finishes over the course of 43 events. After some early struggles as a freshman Ogilvie went on to post a 74.3 stroke average with 31 rounds of even-par or better golf. As a junior, he garnered All-America status after carding eight even-par and six under-par rounds en route to seven top 20 finishes. His senior campaign in 1996 was even more impressive as Ogilvie finished in the top 20 in 11 of the team's 14 events, including six top 5 finishes. He was named to the All-ACC team in both of his final two seasons at Duke.
Ogilvie's retirement won’t send a ripple throughout the golf community, but even North Carolina grad and fellow tour veteran admits that he will be missed on Tour.
“I know we’ve always said he’s slowed down a lot of meetings, but he made us think, and he made us look at different alternatives on ways to do our business,” Love said. "We’ll miss him around the locker room for sure.”
Ogilvie's parents along with his wife and three children will be on hand a Sedgefield for his final tournament, which begins with a 12:35 p.m. tee off.
“I want my career to end on a good note,” he said Wednesday. “And I love this area, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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