By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
Through eight holes Saturday, Chez Reavie was in no-man’s land at the John Deere Classic.
He was 1 over, walking off the eighth green after a three-putt. Steve Stricker, the two-time defending champion, was off to the races again at TPC Deere Run. Brendon de Jonge was on his way to a 63. Others were also finding plenty of birdies.
If he didn’t turn things around in the final 10 holes, his week would be ruined – a week that included a Friday 62.
Starting on the 13th hole, Reavie righted the ship, birdieing four of the last six to shoot a 3-under 68 that looked unlikely coming off the eighth green.
“You know, we fought hard today. Front side was tough,” Reavie said. “The front nine was long and started making a few putts in the back, so it was fun.
“I started feeling a little better about it, and I think I just ended up in better spots. I felt like I hit some shots on the front nine that didn't end up in the best spots, and you know, I shot 1‑over. That three‑putt on 8 was tough. I was in a divot there in the fairway and managed to keep it on the green and then to give away a shot, but I had a good two‑putt at 9 which gave me a little momentum and then got it going.”
Reavie’s only regret was not getting it going enough for a spot in the final group, which he coveted for the chance to play with Stricker.
“I was actually hoping to play with Steve. He’s a great guy and he’s a great player and he has great rhythm out there, and he’s just a nice guy. So I'm a little disappointed.”
But not too disappointed. He’s three shots behind Stricker, which might be doable come Sunday if Saturday’s late-round magic returns.