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Reavie eyes win, pairing with Phil after hole-out eagle

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Chez Reavie wasted no time Friday in building on his overnight lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

After a sterling 63 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Reavie began his round on this week’s host course by holing a 120-yard approach to No. 11, his second hole of the day.

“I hit a good tee shot up the right side of the fairway and had a great number in there,” Reavie said. “The green slopes back to front pretty hard, so you want to hit a shot that has a little less spin. It was a perfect, three-quarter pitching wedge and it was fortunate enough for it to go in.”

While that shot briefly moved Reavie two shots clear of the field, he made only two more birdies over his next 16 holes and was eventually passed by both Hiroshi Iwata and Sung Kang. After a 2-under 70 at Pebble Beach, he will now head to the most difficult of the three courses being used – Spyglass Hill – one shot off the pace.

Reavie is in search of his first win since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, but another incentive also looms large: a potential final-round pairing at Pebble Beach with fellow Arizona State alum Phil Mickelson, with whom he shares third place at 10 under par.

“It would be fantastic,” Reavie said. “I’ve been able to play with Phil a couple times and he’s a great guy, a lot of fun to play with. Obviously he’s playing some good golf, so if I’m paired with him obviously it means I’m doing something right.”