Whether Ogilvie's good humor will hold up through three years of boardroom politics remains to be seen, but last week he seemed eager to join the fray. "The Tour is a microcosm of society," he said. "We have the rich and the powerful, like Tiger, Phil and Vijay. We have the moderates, the players ranked from 20 to 100. And then we have the guys out of the top 125 and the veterans who can't set their own schedules." Sometimes, he conceded, any or all of the three factions feel slighted or shut out of the decision process. "But I think I can help debunk that myth," Ogilvie says. "If you haven't been in the board meetings, you don't see it, but everything seems to be about the players."
So personable, so informed, so articulate is Ogilvie that it's hard to suppress the notion that he might be the stuff of which future commissioners are made. Asked if he aspired to that office, Ogilvie laughed and said, "Tim is the perfect commissioner for what we're faced with now." Students of politics will take that as a yes.