SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – At an event that included both Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, it turned out that Chez Reavie was the Sun Devil who decided to put a charge into the fans at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Reavie doesn’t have the same cache as his fellow Arizona State alums, but he played with poise during a final round and buried a 21-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Gary Woodland. But after finding the fairway with his drive on the first extra hole, Reavie missed the green and then a par putt from inside 10 feet that would have extended the playoff.
“I was just excited that I still had a chance to win the tournament,” Reavie said. “Unfortunately I made bogey on the playoff hole, but I didn’t make many bogeys this week and played really well.”
Reavie was in search of his first win since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, and he was attempting to end his drought in an event that earlier this week he termed his “fifth major” because of his ties to the area. Ultimately, his closing rally helped him to a seventh top-25 finish in eight starts this season, but it wasn’t quite enough to outlast Woodland.
“I’ve been playing solid seems every week, and I just need more experiences like this and sooner or later I’ll hold the trophy,” Reavie said.