FORT WORTH, Texas -- Following a second-round 64 on Friday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Chez Reavie discussed his round with Fred Albers from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
Reavie is at 6 under through 36 holes and will be looking for his first PGA TOUR win in five years.
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
One of the better stories this season on the PGA TOUR is J.B. Holmes’ return from brain surgery late last year. His on-course results are almost irrelevant, considering those circumstances.
But Holmes is playing very respectably, with two top-10s and the 74th spot in the FedExCup standings. He’s still one of the legendary long bombers on TOUR (fifth this year in driving distance); it’s just a matter of keeping the tee shots on the short grass and making some putts. He’s 161st in driving accuracy and 63rd in Strokes Gained-Putting.
For the latter, he may have found an answer. The Kentuckian put an Odyssey Metal-X No. 1 putter in the bag and finished T15 at last week’s RBC Canadian Open, ranking T16 in putts per green in regulation.
Holmes’ model, mailed to him several weeks ago but put in play for the first time in Ontario, features a custom alignment line on the rear of the putter (the version sold in stores has a top line). Odyssey reps also added some lead to the sole of the putterhead to get its weight in line with Holmes’ previous Odyssey putter, a White Ice No. 1.
WIN STUFF: Fila Golf is having a contest on its Facebook page, click “like” for the chance to win a $500 golf wardrobe. Share the contest with friends for more chances to win. … Whenever a player on the PGA TOUR wins wearing FootJoy products, the company has a contest the following week to win the same products.
BITS: TaylorMade staff player Chez Reavie switched shafts in his RBZ 15-degree fairway wood and 18.5-degree Tour Rescue, putting in Graphite Design G Series shafts to match the same shaft he has in his 9-degree RBZ Tour driver. He finished T37 at the RBC Canadian Open. … Titleist player Ben Kohles, a winner in his pro debut at the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, was the first player in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to win with Titleist’s new 913 driver. He swings a 9.5-degree 913D3.
WINNER’S BAG: Scott Piercy at the RBC
Driver: Titleist 910D2 (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board, 7.5 degrees)
Fairway wood: TaylorMade Burner (14.5 degrees)
Hybrid: Adams Idea Super XTD (17 degrees)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (4) and 690MB (5-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (49, 53, 57 and 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
At an average of 305.1 yards per drive for the week, runner-up Troy Matteson had the highest driving distance among the top 15 finishers at the John Deere Classic.
It took a little work to get there from an equipment standpoint.
Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, came to TPC Deere Run telling TaylorMade reps he was ‘killing’ his RBZ fairway wood but was not able to hit a power draw on command with his driver. Instead, he was hitting pulls.
Matteson’s original driver, an 8-degree TaylorMade R11S, had been tuned to a lower position while the ASP sole plate was in the closed setting – in short, a low-lofted driver with a open face, setting up closed. To help fix, TaylorMade reps gave him a higher-lofted driver with a closed clubface that appeared square, shortened by an inch to get the club more vertical and promote the draw.
In the end, going from a 7.5-degree/2-degree open face to an 8.5 degree/1-degree closed/1-inch shorter club immediately promoted more ball speed, higher launch and a higher spin rate, allowing the ball to stay in the air and turn right-to-left.
How much the switch pay off? In the first round at the John Deere, Matteson made 10 birdies in a round of 61 and ultimately lost in a playoff to Zach Johnson.
ANSER MEN: At the other end of driver spectrum was Ping, a holdout in the adjustable driver craze – until earlier this month. Ping’s new Anser driver is its first entry into the adjustable market, with lofts able to be tuned a half-degree up or down.
Louis Oosthuizen (pictured at right) put a Anser driver in the bag at last week’s Scottish Open and brought it to the British Open, where he’s the defending champion. Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera has been working with an Anser 3-wood.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Callaway’s X Utility Prototype irons have been hot on TOUR and will continue to be this week at the British Open, where accuracy is far more important than distance. The company has been frantically shipping clubheads from its PGA TOUR trailer overseas; clubmaker Roger Cleveland even traveled to England with five 18-degree X Utility Prototype heads in his baggage.
BAG BITS: K.J. Choi won the 2011 PLAYERS with Miura irons; last week he finished T13 at John Deere with Callaway RAZR Musclebacks. … Blake Adams switched from steel shafts in his TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC irons to Aldila-prototype graphites at the John Deere. Most PGA TOUR pros prefer steel in irons. … Chez Reavie first began working with a TaylorMade Ghost Spider belly putter at the AT&T National, finally putting it into play at TPC Deere Run and finishing T68.
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WINNER’S BAG: Johnson at the John Deere
Driver: Titleist 910D2 (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board, 9.5 degrees)
Fairway woods: Titleist 910F (15.0 degrees) and 909 F2 (18.5 degrees)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H (21 degrees)
Irons: Titleist AP1 (4) and AP2 (5-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design (48, 54, 60 degrees)
Putter: SeeMore FGP
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
With the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival being held at the same time as this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Wesley Hodges of the Live Music Blog NOLA asked a few TOUR pros some music-related questions this week. What did Hodges find out?
That the best concert Rickie Fowler has ever seen was by Coldplay. That was also the first concert he ever attended. …
That Jason Bohn's rock-star encounter moment came during a round with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. “The nicest guy," Bohn said. "He just blew me away with his personality, what type of person he is considering the music he plays. It was one of the best times I’ve had playing golf with an amateur.” …
That the first album Harris English ever purchased was N-Sync's No Strings Attached. "I was 9 or 10," English said, "Probably played it on a Walkman or something. I don’t have a record player; have heard of the old 8-track though." …
That Brian Harman is supposed to meet country star Jason Aldeen this fall at a charity event. "I’m excited about that," Harman said. …
That William McGirt knows Darius Rucker. "My agent used to be the road manager for Hootie and the Blowfish," McGirt said. "(Rucker's) not bad -- you’ve gotta watch out for a guy who has two sets of golf clubs, one for the road and one that stays at home." …
That Chez Reavie practices while listening to U2 or Linkin Park. "That kind of genre," Reavie said.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Chez Reavie played a practice round with Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson on Wednesday prior to the first round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Mickelson, a two-time champion at East Lake, was nice enough to give another Arizona State Sun Devil some tips on how to play Bobby Jones' home course. And judging by the 66 he shot on Thursday Reavie certainly took note.
"He told me on some holes where you can miss it and get way with it and where not to miss it," Reavie said. "We had a good day. The greens are great and the course is in great shape, so if you're swinging well you can make some birdies."
Reavie made seven birdies, one bogey and a double bogey on Thursday. While he only hit four fairways, Reavie found 12 greens and used just 26 putts -- "I made miles of putts today," he said. Four of those were over 18 feet with the longest his final birdie, a 39-footer at the 16th hole.
"Overall it was great," Reavie said when asked to assess his play in the first round. "I'm really happy with the way I chipped and putted. I made a lot of putts. I made a couple good par putts. And when I did manage to hit some greens, I made some birdies."
Reavie is playing in his first TOUR Championship after entering the week ranked eight with a legitimate chance to win the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus. He needs to win, of course, and have Webb Simpson or Dustin Johnson finish third or worse and Justin Rose place second or worse.
At the democratic East Lake layout, Reavie feels it could be anyone’s to gain.
"There's a good mixture of holes," Reavie said. "You hit a bunch of different clubs. Some holes you're hitting 4-irons at and some holes you're hitting a 3-wood and a wedge, or some holes you can even hit a driver and get it down there by the green and have a pitch shot. It's fun because you have a lot of different ways you can play it and you have to figure out how you want to attack it."
NORTON, Mass. — A few key notes now that Webb Simpson has beaten Chez Reavie on the second playoff hole to win the Deutsche Bank Championship:
Simpson's performance on the par 5s Monday was instrumental in his second victory in three weeks. He made two birdies and an eagle on the three par 5s at TPC Boston, playing them to an average of 3.67, which tied his career low when playing three or more in the final round.
Fourteen players in their 20s have won 16 events on the PGA TOUR this year. Simpson, who is 26, and Keegan Bradley, who is 25, each have two wins.
Brandt Snedeker made six birdies in his first nine holes -- which equals his second highest total of par breakers on any nine in any round of his career. Snedeker's best total came when he made eight par breakers and shot 27 on the back nine in the first round of the 2007 Buick Invitational.
Bubba Watson held the third round lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship but struggled in the final round, shooting a 74 that included seven bogeys. That’s the most holes over par by a 54-hole leader in the history of the Deutsche Bank Championship. It also marked the third time on the PGA TOUR this year that the third-round leader played seven or more holes over par in the final round. Brendan Steele did that at the PGA Championship (8 holes over par) as did Graeme McDowell at THE PLAYERS Championship (7).
NORTON, Mass. – Webb Simpson moved to the top spot in the FedExCup points standings by beating Chez Reavie in a two-hole playoff on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
It’s Simpson’s second win in three weeks. He broke through with his first TOUR win at the Wyndham Championship, the last regular-season event prior to the start of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Reavie was looking for his first TOUR win since 2008. He now moves to ninth in the FedExCup standings.
Here’s the hole-by-hole look at the playoff between Simpson and Reavie:
SECOND PLAYOFF HOLE (par-4 17th)
Simpson, hitting first, fires a drive in the fairway, 135 yards from the pin.
Reavie matches him, his tee ball landing near Simpson’s ball, 131 yards from the pin.
Simpson’s approach shot ais a beauty, landing below the hole, 8 feet, 9 inches away.
Reavie’s approach leaks a bit to the right. It finds the green but he’s 23 feet, 1 inch from the pin. Incidentally, Reavie is first in the PGA TOUR in putting from 20-25 feet.
Reavie’s putt slides by on the right. He taps in for par.
Simpson rolls in his birdie putt for the win.
Result: Reavie pars, Simpson birdies
FIRST PLAYOFF HOLE (par-5 18th)
Simpson, hitting first, uses 3-wood off the tee and finds the fairway just in front of the bunker, 247 yards from the pin.
Reavie follows with a driver in which he gets theh roll down the left side of the fairway. He has just 217 yards to the pin.
Simpson’s second shot sails past the green on the left, the ball landing near the stands.
Reavie’s shot also lands in the primary rough to the left of the pin.
Simpson’s chip shot finds the green and rolls past the pin. He’ll have a birdie putt of 14 feet, 11 inches.
Reavie’s chip is nicely played, and he’ll have a birdie putt of 2 feet, 10 inches.
Simpson looks over his putt, then backs away due to crowd noise. He regroups and drills the birdie putt.
Reavie makes his short birdie putt to extend the playoff.
Result: Simpson birdies; Reavie birdies