Chez Reavie Rookie Chez Reavie captures first PGA Tour victory in Canadian Open at Glen Abbey

It's safe to say that rookie Chez Reavie was blown away by his first PGA Tour victory.

Playing an event for the sixth consecutive week, Reavie carded a 1-under-par 70 Sunday to polish off a three-stroke victory in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario. Reavie made his move with a 7-under 64 in the second round and finally came out on top in damp conditions.

"Oh, man, I'm just so excited," Reavie told reporters. "I don't think a lot of people understand when you're growing up and you're practicing and you're working so hard, this is, obviously, your goal, but there are no guarantees.

"It's not like some other sport. So, it's an amazing feeling; it really is."

Reavie earned invites to next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as well as spots in the PGA Championship and the Masters. That was all well and good, but the 26-year-old former Arizona State golfer admitted he was really blown away by the $900,000 first-place check.

"That's unbelievable, really," said Reavie, who finished a 17-under 267. "Yeah, wow. That's all I can say is wow to that."

Billy Mayfair, another former Arizona State player, ended second at 14-under 270. Although he shot a final-round 68, Mayfair said he was unhappy with his performance.

"I played terrible - thought I'd give myself some better chances, and then I hit two greens on the front nine, and that's not going to do it," Mayfair said. "Chez did what he had to do to stay ahead and just kept plugging away. He obviously got the job done."

Sean O'Hair (68) and Steve Marino (70) tied for third at 13-under 271.

First-round leader and crowd favorite Mike Weir (69) of Canada tied for fifth with Nicholas Thompson (69) and Scott McCarron (71). Weir's finish was the best by a Canadian in his national championship since Weir finished second — also at Glen Abbey — in 2004.

Coming up short was Jim Furyk in his bid to be the first player three-peat in Canadian Open history. His final-round 70 put him in a group of six players tied for 14th at 9-under 275.

Despite finishing better than 32nd — he tied for fifth in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on Jan. 20 - just one time in 22 PGA Tour events this year, Reavie was fairly steady in his final round.

After two bogeys on his first three holes, Reavie made birdies on Nos. 4, 9 and 10 where he holed a 30-foot putt. He played even the rest of the way with a bogey at No. 13 and a birdie at No. 18.

"I was actually surprised at how calm I was out there today," Reavie said. "Obviously, that was my goal, but I had never been in that situation, so I didn't know what to expect.

"I just managed to stay patient. I never pressed. Even when I made two bogies early, I just kept with my game plan. I kept trying to hit fairways and hit smart shots into the greens and give myself chances for birdies."

Reavie's strategy worked well. Although most regard Glenn Abbey as a course that favors big hitters, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Reavie won by hitting fairways (44 of 56 for the tournament) and greens (54 of 72).

There was a premium on hitting fairways as players were allowed to play preferred lies in all four rounds of the tournament. The course had received eight inches of rain prior to the start of last Thursday's opening round.

"With all the rain and the mud and stuff, it was crucial to hit fairways so you could lift and clean your ball and place it in a good lie," Reavie said, "especially when you don't hit it as far as some of the other guys do. So it really played into my hands."

July 28, 2008

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