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Joe Ogilvie wins first PGA title

Joe Ogilvie's 4-year-old daughter, Brady, called him to relay big news about his son, Patrick.

"She said, 'Dada, guess who's walking?' And it's my 10-month old son. He took his first steps yesterday," said Ogilvie, whose family is back home in Austin, Texas preparing to move into a new home. "I think maybe Dad took his first steps to maybe just a little bit bigger and better things."

Ogilvie won his first PGA Tour event Sunday in 230 starts by shooting a 67 to finish at 14 under in the U.S. Bank Championship.

Ogilvie, who has three second-place finishes and four Nationwide Tour victories, eagled the par-4 16th hole to break a tie with Tim Clark (71), who finished second along with third-round leader Tim Herron (72) and Charlie Wi (68) at 10 under. Steve Flesch (68), Bob Heintz (68), Jeff Maggert (69) and Kenny Perry (71) were six strokes back.

"If you hit enough good shots, and you kind of stay patient and you get a little luck, let's be honest, the shot on 16 to go in was a little bit lucky, things work out," Ogilvie said.

Things worked against Clark again. He squandered a two-stroke lead on the back nine and he and Herron, playing in the final group, heard the gallery's roar after Ogilvie's eagle.

"I looked over and hoped it was Kenny's (shot)," Clark said. "That made it tough from there. I just ran out of holes."

Ogilvie, at 11 under, had to carry his wedge shot over water 119 yards to the pin. The ball hit the middle of the green and spun back about 30 feet to the cup, where it dropped.

Ogilvie had a wide-eyed look, jumping up and yelling "Whoa!" before an awkward high-five with his caddie, Micah Fugitt, to celebrate the lucky shot.

"He hung in there, he stayed patient," said Fugitt, who has handled Ogilvie's bag for five years. "We knew we had plenty of birdie holes coming in on the back nine."

He added a birdie on No. 18 to finish his round, but the eagle was all Ogilvie needed.

The 33-year-old Duke graduate who closely monitors the stock market had made seven consecutive cuts and led here at the midway point, but was not optimistic after the second round. He said his recent weekend play made him a seller, not a buyer.

Now he'll have $720,000 to invest for winning at the Brown Deer Golf Course, the PGA's shortest event.

Ogilvie played the final four holes at 9 under for the tournament, and they saved him on Saturday. In the midst of a poor round, he recorded an eagle-birdie sequence on Nos. 15 and 16 to move back within a shot of the lead heading into Sunday.

He said his recovery there got him back thinking about winning the tournament instead of worrying about keeping his tour card and just staying on the leaderboard.

"The way this year has gone, it's kind of gone from a pretty poor year to my best year ever all in a span of four days," he said.

On Sunday, Ogilvie bogeyed the 10th to fall two off the lead, but he responded with a 24-foot birdie on No. 13 to move to 11 under and set the stage for his eagle.

It was more frustration for Clark.

After squandering a three-stroke lead on the back nine at the John Deere Classic last week, the 31-year-old South African held a two-stroke lead for a fleeting moment after Ogilvie's mistake on the 10th.

But Clark, runner-up at the 2006 Masters, missed a 16-footer for par on No. 10 as well to drop to 11 under and bogeyed No. 16 to fall further behind.

"I would have liked to play better today and not come up short trying to win," Clark said.

After receiving a cortisone shot three weeks ago for a bulging disk in his neck, Clark has been playing some of his best golf lately in an effort to make a third consecutive Presidents Cup team and the FedExCup playoffs.

But he is still winless on the PGA Tour in part because he failed to make a birdie on the back nine.

Herron, who has more than $14 million in career earnings despite just four PGA Tour titles, couldn't contain his wayward drives and the shots came back to haunt him after he took a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Herron carded two bogeys on the front nine and continued to squander opportunities on the back side. He finally birdied No. 16, but gave it right back with a bogey on No. 17 leaving no one to challenge Ogilvie.



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