PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – After suffering through multiple injury-riddled seasons, Chez Reavie is finally healthy. He’s also once again fully exempt on the PGA Tour, and after an opening 63 he is the sole leader at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Reavie won his lone Tour title at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, and the 34-year-old missed the entire 2013-14 season because of a nagging wrist injury. While he returned to action last season, he was unable to retain his playing status and had to head to Web.com Tour Finals to earn back his card.
That demotion, however, proved fortuitous as Reavie won the money race over the four-event series, securing his card for this season and giving him a spot in the Players Championship.
“It ended up being a great thing,” Reavie said. “I was playing well and built some confidence. I won a tournament, almost won the (Web.com) Tour Championship and got full status back out here.”
Reavie opened with Monterey Peninsula Country Club Thursday, and after a bogey on No. 9 it appeared he wouldn’t be within miles of the overnight lead. But after making the turn in 1 under, Reavie caught fire with five birdies and an eagle over his next seven holes en route to an inward nine of 30.
“I’ve been striking the ball well for awhile, and the putter’s been kind of hit-and-miss,” Reavie said. “Today, even on days I putt well, I still don’t make as many putts as I made today. So that’s kind of the key for me.”