Grillo, Reavie split spoils of Tour Championship


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Emiliano Grillo hoisted the trophy at the Tour Championship, but Chez Reavie left TPC Sawgrass with the ultimate prize.

Grillo, 23, began the day with a two-shot lead and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the final green to edge Reavie in the season’s final event. It was the first Tour win for the Argentine, who lost in a playoff earlier this year at the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, and his first win in the U.S.

Grillo had already secured his card thanks to a pair of top-10 finishes earlier in the Tour Finals, but he now carries some extra momentum with him into his first full PGA Tour season.

“It’s been a great week. It’s been a great month,” he said. “I got married a month ago almost, and from there I just started playing good. I’m there. I’m on the PGA Tour, and it feels great.”

While Reavie finished one shot short in the season finale, he had won two weeks ago in Charlotte and entered this week atop the Finals money list. Despite Grillo’s win, Reavie’s runner-up finish was enough to clinch the No. 1 spot in the standings, meaning the 33-year-old will be fully exempt next season and will avoid the reshuffle.

“It’s everything,” he said. “A couple years ago I was hurt and didn’t know where I was going to end up, and here I am playing the best golf of my life and I’ve got a spot back on Tour.”

As the top earner during the four-week Finals, Reavie will also receive a spot in the 2016 Players Championship. So too will Patton Kizzire, who topped the overall money list between the Tour regular season and Finals.

“That’s pretty sweet,” said Kizzire, who won twice during the regular season and finished T-5 this week. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in the tournament out here, and to be so close to home and to get a chance to come out here and compete again, that will be pretty special.”